Coffitivity is a Coffee Shop in an App
Not long ago, I stumbled across a pretty interesting productivity website called Coffitivity. If you aren’t familiar with the site and/or its accompanying applications for Mac and iOS, it is basically a sound machine that loops generic “coffee house” sounds. The random yet rhythmic chatter of patrons and the occasional creak of a chair or clang of silverware can turn the ambience of any quiet space into the gentle clamor of a Starbucks (or whichever coffee shop you frequent).
The idea behind the site is that people are more productive in these coffee-house settings because of the ambient noise that is loud enough to make you feel comfortable without being too loud for you to concentrate. It’s all a lot of science that they don’t really get into on the site itself, but you only need to walk into a Barnes & Nobel coffee shop and witness numerous students and professionals hard at work to see that they are right! There is a reason coffee shops, cafes and bookstores are popular destinations for those looking to get some work done, and now with this website you can take those sounds with you wherever you happen to be working!
I downloaded the application for Mac through the Mac App Store for a reasonable $1.99, but the app is also available on iOS for the same price. If you just want to give it a try without making a purchase, the website itself plays each of their three available tracks so you can open it up in a browser wherever you have internet connection and experience it for yourself! The three tracks that are currently available are “Morning Murmur”, “Lunchtime Lounge”, and “University Undertones.” Each cleverly named track has a unique sound and feel so hopefully you will find an ambience that suits your own productivity and creativity!
So, do you feel more productive working at a coffee shop with all the ambient noise? Is this website or its apps something you think may help you increase your productivity in the future? Have you ever used this website or app? What did you think about it? Tell us in the comments!