Being busy has become a constant state of being in my life. Between being a full-time student, an employee, a teacher, a friend, a daughter, and a girlfriend, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of time to do things just for me. At times I feel overwhelmed with my obligations and like I’m running on empty, which has negative effects on my mental well-being. After extra stressful weeks I can break down and feel helpless and absolutely drained.
In an effort to help deter breakdowns I have been spending my “free” time at coffee shops around Reno. By “free” time I mean the times where I have work that needs to be done but doesn’t require any specific resources besides my laptop. Any time that I can get my work done without resources from home or school, I try to go to a local coffee shop. While I am at the coffee shop I can get the same amount of work done as I would have at home or at the library but I feel like the work I get done is higher quality and more enjoyable than doing it at home or school. There is evidence from a Japanese study that suggests that busy coffee shops are actually one of the most productive work environments.
These local coffee shops have become my third place between home and work (school). This third place is exactly what Howard Schultz had in mind when he purchased Starbucks. Having this third place has given me a place that I can go and be productive while feeling like I am doing something for myself.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with how much you have going on, take 30 minutes out of your day and head over to your local coffee shop and try to get your work done. Until next time, I encourage you to find your third place and share your experience below.
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