How to do your work at Starbucks and look good
- Bring Headphones. I seriously cannot stress this enough. I prefer the tiny earbuds that slip in my ears unnoticed, but if you’d rather have a big honkin’ set of noise-cancelling couch cushions, go for it. To each his own, dude. Headphones, though, are amazing. You can pick your own music – or a podcast, movie, or book on tape if that’s your thing – and it helps tune out the world around you. Sure, that muffled chatter from two tables over might not seem distracting, but just wait til you see how much more focused you are once you’re able to tune it out.
- Load a Gift Card. This may not seem important, but hear me out – I keep a Starbucks card loaded with just enough funds to get me one or two drinks throughout the course of working a few days out of the week. This keeps me from spending more money than I’m theoretically making, and also from being too hopped up on caffeine to actually focus. Besides, even if you load up more than you think you’ll use, you’ll use it eventually, even if you’re not working.
- Plan for 15 minutes to settle in. I don’t know about you, but it takes me a little bit of time to get focused and figure out what’s on my plate for the day. If I have limited time to work, I’m less likely to actually get work done. Instead, if I’m trying to squeeze in work between other activities, I don’t stop anywhere if I don’t have at least, like, 45 minutes to an hour to spare. I need that time to get ready, relax, and not feel like I’m in a rush. It also allows for some padding in case there are no tables available or the line is insanely long.