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In this episode, Mike talks with Dave Caolo, a writer, author, and podcaster who has a lot of experience working remotely. Dave and Mike dive deep into coffee shop productivity, talking about why it can be beneficial, addressing the specific challenges you’ll have to face, tips for finding the right shop, and what gear you’ll need once you get there. This episode has tons of tactics you can use to make your next remote work session more productive. If you frequently work outside your office or home or even if you just want some strategies to help you overcome a noisy open office environment, you’ll get a lot out of this episode.

Cheat Sheet

  • Why you might actually want to leave your home or office to work in a coffee shop and the science behind why it can make you more productive [1:59]
  • How working from your local library can be a cost-effective strategy for people who need to change their location [5:36]
  • Challenges that come with leaving your home or office and working in public places [9:24]
  • How travel time can be an advantageous to your productivity and just wasted time [12:04]
  • Tips for finding the right coffee shop to get some serious work done [14:36]
  • The gear that you need to work successfully from the coffee shop [20:40]
  • How to account for outlets and charging when you go to a public place to work [26:21]
  • Etiquette to use when you’re working from a coffee shop (don’t be that guy!) [32:02]
  • How to keep your Internet access secure when working outside a trusted network [35:55]


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Last Updated: April 2, 2024

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  1. SAS … Absolutely. Also Panera as they have cushy seats … the #1 criteria… larger Starbucks sometimes do and so far I’ve yet to see a Starbucks with a good wifi. Also bigger libraries such as Exton and Luddington.

    Ambient Noise and productivity … not a surprise since ‘asyncronous mindless work’ were many people find themselves their most creative such as gardening, driving, cleaning … AND SHOWERING (#1 creative ‘workspace’ for me) have an ambient noise going along with them.

    Even when I’m working I find if you have brown noise … something … it kinda moderates one’s thinking. (If you’re a guitar player, musician, perhaps you know what a compressor is … it reduces the bandwidth of the signal … and I think this is what Zoloft basically does; it helps moderate some of the excessive highs and lows so there’s less chance of getting distracted.

    – Randy Zeitman

  2. I live the Philadelphia / Delaware suburbs and I find that Wegmans Grocery store is the best place to work. Mine is open 24/7, they have a huge seating/dining area, with lots and lots of outlets and very good wireless. A worker told me that is deliberate, so people gather there, and then naturally gravitate towards the ready-made food which is where Wegmans highest margins are. I don’t usually buy any food / drink when I am there, but I do give them plenty of grocery business at other times. They even have a kids area with kids TV and once I brought the kids there when wife had to work that night, and I had to get stuff done, as it kept them occupied.

  3. I’ve been looking for some local coffee roasters, and I think that being able to get some information would be good. I’m glad you talked about how you can get a cheat sheet, which I think would be good. I’m going to have to look into some different local coffee roaster, and see what we can find!

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