This is probably old news to some of you, but I just learned about a study that says the sounds of a coffee house may boost creativity. There’s actually a web site called Coffitivity which plays a coffee shop soundtrack called “Morning Murmur.” You can also get an app for your phone.
I’m not a fan of doing actual work in Starbucks, but I once had a boss who wrote most of her thesis in a coffee place. I don’t like writing in complete silence; I need music. Somehow it clears my mind of useless prattle and allows me to think about what I’m doing. As of this week, my preferred background is Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor. Not depressing, just beautiful.
How about you? Total silence, white noise or music?