Coffitivity – Coffee shop sounds to increase your creativityMarch 6, 2013
Home working can be a great thing – you get to work in your pyjamas for a start (I don’t recommend you make a habit of it, though). You are also free to many of the distractions of the workplace, like idle conversations with colleagues and random interruptions. There is a downside, though – working from home can be lonely, and it can be too quiet.
The creators of Coffitivity realised that the ambience of a coffee shop is actually a great help in getting the creative juices going, and in getting work done. The mixture of calm and commotion is apparently just right for encouraging creativity, so they came up with an idea to let you play the sounds of a coffee shop while you work.
It’s simple, really – just visit Coffitivity.com and the sound will start. It’s non-specific, so you won’t be able to overhear people’s conversations, but you do get the impression that there are people around, doing what people do in coffee shops. For best results, Coffitivity recommend playing your own music over the top of their soundtrack, just slightly louder than the coffee shop sounds.
Does it work? Well, a soundtrack is never going to be a full replacement for working in a coffee shop. You lack the physical ambience, the smells and, of course, the coffee and cakes! But it does quickly form a sort of white noise background to whatever you’re doing. I’m not sure yet whether it is actually helpful (I’m running it as I write this), but it’s an interesting idea that I’m willing to try out for a while.
Why not swing on by Coffitivity.com and see what you think? If you have other people around you, you might want to put headphones in, but I’d be very interested to know whether you think Coffitivity is helpful, distracting, or just silly. Let us know in the comments.