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Slow Internet: Another reason to work at the Coffee Shop

I know we’ve all seen it. People at your local Starbucks and coffee shop crouching over their laptop doing something. Working from outside the office and in a public environment like a coffee shop or a sandwich shop isn’t new to a lot of us.

We’ve heard plenty of reasons explaining how it’s a good idea. It gets rid of distraction and creates new opportunities to meet people and the natural ambient noise of the coffee shop spawns creativity. There are even websites dedicated to reproducing that sound so you can get it elsewhere. They didn’t mention the slow internet connection though.


At your coffee shop you probably aren’t getting that nice 15 or 25 Mbps speed that you get at home. That slow speed is what’s going to keep you on track and prevent you from messing around. You won’t sit there refreshing Twitter and Reddit waiting for something new to distract you, it just takes too long to load. If you’ve already got all your research done then you’re good to go. No need to fire up the browser and sift through email when you should be getting work done. Even if you do your work in Google Docs you’ll be fine to work on that slow connection.

So try it out, head over to Starbucks and try to write that post you’ve been putting off all week. You’d be surprised at how productive slow speeds can make you. I know this works for me because it just keeps me in one place. What other coffee shop restrictions help you get work done?

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