Sitting alone in a coffee shop

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Quote by Haruki Murakami: “Along the way I stopped into a coffee shop. All...”

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Sitting At A Coffee Shop

Sitting In A Coffee Shop With Social Anxiety

Dear Lifehacker, I read about why working from a coffee shop can be good for you , but not every coffee shop—or coffee shop customer—welcomes someone with a laptop who just wants to sit next to the window and do some work, even if they're buying drinks and paying all day. How can I find a coffee shop with plentiful Wi-Fi and power outlets, where the business and the customers appreciate my presence? Dear Caffeinated Worker, We've encountered many more coffee shops that are more than happy to have a paying customer in their seat all day than someone who just grabs a cup, sneers at everyone with their laptops, and then leaves, so don't worry too much about the customers. Still, some coffee shops are better for working than others, and some coffee shops have fewer of those annoying patrons than others. Here's how to find the ones that are most conducive to work, and will appreciate you sticking around multiple cups of coffee and sandwiches all day. Some of it comes from the fact that we're all busy people, some of it comes from restaurants with high rent to pay looking to make the most money off of every seat they have, so churning them over is the best way to do it. Still, it's not too hard to find someplace that's more than happy to let you sit back and enjoy your time there as opposed to rush you out as soon as possible.

Find the comfy armchair in the corner and park your bum in it. If it looks like it's falling apart a bit, even better: it'll be more comfortable. Usually they'll have a socket near to them, which means you don't have a time limit. Plug your phone or laptop in and settle in for a few hours. It's comfy, it's warm, and you can actually get things done. If you like, open up that laptop or bury yourself in a book, but if you're any sort of writer, I suggest people-watching. People tend to view coffee shops as public places that are sort of private as well: everyone sort of lets a few of their usual walls down while they concentrate on their books.

August 22, by katieleigh.
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Normally, I would force myself to deal with it. I would pick the first seat that was easiest to find, and sit there fighting the nervous impulse to look back every five seconds to see if anyone new had arrived or others had left. Why I need to keep mental track of this information at all times, I have no idea. But I do. And I would probably not get much work done, because trying to focus an anxious mind is like herding cats—which, if you know me, you know I have some IRL experience with.


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