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Goal Boosting at Starbucks

This was a first for me. After having some tea and checking my email, I started writing this blog post on my iPad at Starbucks. I arrived too early for my client appointment and had some extra time. I'm a frequent Starbucks customer and while I’ve spent many hours at various locations sipping lattes and relaxing, I’ve never actually done any writing on the premises until today.  I find this funny because I always see other people working on their laptops and wondered how they could focus with all the noise.

My preferred time and place to write my blog has typically been at my desktop surrounded by the quiet, privacy and comfort of my home. Starbucks has a completely different atmosphere. There are a multitude of sounds like continual music, steamed liquids being prepared, the buzz of many conversations, beverage requests being taken, feet shuffling and chairs moving. To add to the activity, this particular Starbucks where I sat was located in New York City. There was as much going on inside as there was outside.

To my complete surprise, I enjoyed the change of scenery from where I usually write. It breathed new life into one of my 2011 goals of writing a weekly blog post. This month I’m writing about "Fresh Start, " which corresponds to chapter one in my book, The Other Side of Organized.

Beginning again with a clean slate or a completely different slate can be enervating. It's exactly what I experienced this morning. So, as you're setting your goals and making some changes, think about shaking things up. For me, I accidentally stumbled upon this at Starbucks simply by changing the location where I normally write. What slight alteration can you make to bring you closer to accomplishing one of your goals?

I’d love to hear about your best goal boosting strategies.

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Reader Comments (4)


I can totally see how a change of scenery would mix things up a bit! There was an article in the NY Times about cafe culture and how people are so productive and write like crazy. It was called Laptopia I believe. I am sure you can find it if you Google it.

Have fun writing ~ Lisa

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Montanaro

Thanks for your positive thoughts, Lisa! I remember reading that New York Times article, but had forgotten about it until you mentioned it again. I usually prefer quiet and privacy when I write, but now understand that writing in different settings yields some exciting results. I'm going to experiment further with this concept and see what happens.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Sounds like a perfect change-- these days I'm trying to do the opposite of immersing myself with crowds of people, and enjoying being at home. But for you I know that's the environment you typically write in, so this must have been the perfect 'reformatting!'

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

I think the idea here is "do something different" as an experiment. So for you, more quiet might be what you're seeking while for me I tested the insanely active space to get inspired. It dosen't have to be an all or nothing either. It's nice to know that you are enjoying being home for now. Thank you for sharing, Allison. I always enjoy hearing from you.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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