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  • The Cafe worker

    In todays SMH

    I dont know if this appeals to me. A cafe is (preferably) a place for quiet contemplation and caffeination - productivity is low on my priorities then.

    I imagine while the table occupant is still buying coffee, the owners are happy to have them there but if they sit there for hours with only 1 cup of coffee ordered....

    Oh, and linked in the article is this:


    1. It doesnt feel like work.

    2. Its a nice break from the office.

    3. You dont have an office.

    4. Easy access to caffeine.

    5. If you have a home office, you appreciate the fact that -- in a cafe -- there are no interruptions from your wife/husband/kids/roommate who rarely think they are interrupting you when they stick their head in your office and begin their conversation with something like "Im not interrupting you, am I?"

    6. The act of going from your office to a cafe gets the creative juices flowing.

    7. Muffins.

    8. You get a whole bunch of unexpected inputs that change your perspective for the moment (i.e. snatches of conversation, songs on the radio, odd posters on the wall).

    9. There are no distracting tasks to default to (i.e. cleaning your desk, filing, tossing paper clips over the cubicle wall).

    10. The people in your office want you to talk in hushed tones and have a need for you to appear busier than you really are.

    11. Being waited on by the cafe staff puts you in the mode of "things coming to you" without much effort.

    12. You focus on your most creative projects.

    13. It feels good being part of a community -- even if the community disbands after your third cappuccino.

    14. Old patterns are interrupted. New patterns emerge.

    15. You like the authenticity of your responses when the geek at the next table, peeking up from his Mac, asks what youre working on.

    16. Its like having a focus group at your beck and call. You can ask anyone for their opinion and theyll give it, no strings attached.

    17. If you work at home, its just a matter of time before your spouse asks you to move a piece of furniture or clean the bathroom.

    18. It brings out the artist and poet in you.

    19. If you go back to the same cafe again and again, you develop trusting relationships with some of the other regulars -- sharing enthusiasm, feedback, and croissants.

    20. If anything breaks, someone else has to fix it.

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    Re: The Cafe worker

    A fluff piece.

    To quote the 2nd comment "Who wrote this rubbish?"