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Coffee Shop Vibe Without the Price


My quick and easy Bright Idea this month, is all about having that coffee shop vibe without the cost this summer!

I love to hang out in coffee shops pretending to be productive on my laptop. Once I actually took a stack of papers to grade with me to my favorite local coffee shop.

There's just one problem.  Going to Starbucks to work costs money that could be better spent (hello technology wish list or Kendra Scott necklace I want but don't need).  But when I'm home, I struggle with staying focused if the TV is on or if music is playing.  I love background noise, but not something I'll end up singing along with or waste time flipping between tabs to click NEXT. 

(Catches breath)

Here comes my Bright Idea. I use an app called Coffitivity for background noise.  What background noise you ask...I'll let them explain!



There's just something about that Morning Murmur that helps me stay on task (until the Periscope alert whistles) and I feel better about my work-at-home uniform of yoga pants and hoodies. You don't have to be at home to take advantage of this tool. There is also a mobile app for ios and Android! 

When I put this app on, I am able to stay focused for longer periods of time than I am if I have music playing.   

If you try it out, let me know in the comments below or tag me on Instagram!

Do you have other tricks to help you stay focused while working? 

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22 comments:

  1. I love this! I'm also someone who needs a little background noise to help focus when I am working in my office. I'll have to let you know how it works!

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    1. Yes! Let me know on Instagram or here. I really love it. I've been known to leave it running for hours and then someone will come over and wonder who else is here. I am just wayyyy too distracted by music if I'm working on a project. Now just surfing British tabloids? Then I'm a Pandora girl.

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  2. What an AWESOME idea!! I can't wait to download this and use it after school to focus my time at work!!
    Curls and a Smile

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    1. That's a great idea. I don't like the sound of the buzzy A/C after school- that distracts me too (I'm seeing a trend...uh oh). That would be a great place to try it out! Thanks for hosting Lynda!!!

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  3. I LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing, I will definitely be checking this out! I'm such a sucker for a good coffee shop so I can't wait to try this at home.

    Jayme
    Teach Talk Inspire

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    1. YES! I just brew up 8 cups of coffee and put this loop on and I'm ready to write. Now if I could just find an app for a maid!! Thank you for stopping by Jayme! :)

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  4. OMG! THANK YOU! I am so bad about needing noise, but getting distracted easily by the TV. This is perfect!

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    1. Exactly! I don't even turn the TV on when I'm home alone for that very reason. Even Alaska the Last Frontier will distract me!?!? Thank you for stopping by Michele

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  5. I stay focused by having the TV on in the other room or the clock radio on next to me. This is a much better ambient noise. I love the noise it has and the little volume control button. My favorite one is the "Morning Murmur". Thanks for this great idea!
    Deb at Fabulously First

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    1. Yes! The university version is a bit too rowdy! lol That is the teacher in me I suppose.

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  6. I love this! Now if I can convince my SO to turn off the tv.....

    Krazy Town

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    1. Now I know what to buy you as a gift! Noise Canceling Headphones!!!

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  7. We are getting our patio redone and I am so excited to give it an outdoor coffee shop vibe....this app will be the finishing touch! Love it!

    Upper Grades Are Awesome

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    1. Ooo a patio would be a great place to work! I hope you have better weather than TX :)

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  8. I just tried it and I am loving it. It reminds me of http://www.noisli.com/, which has a coffee shop as well as a variety of other background sounds. Thanks for sharing :)

    @ Wiley Teaching

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    1. I've never used Noisli! Now I need to check it out! Thank you for stopping by :)

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  9. This is so fun! I have several Starbucks-emblazoned cups, so I could add one of those to my illusion. I have several tasks I've been avoiding lately--maybe this will do the trick. Thanks for sharing!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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    1. yes- you can stage the perfect instagram video now!! lol :)

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  10. Love this idea! I live around the corner from a Starbucks and it is so easy just to pop over there to work. This will help me save some money by working at home instead of there. ;)

    Amanda
    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

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  11. This is such a fun idea. Although I wish you and I could go grab a coffee together! Do I sense a Google Hangout with some Morning Murmur? :) :)
    Happy Teaching,
    Cassie
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)

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  12. I can't wait to try this out!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Theresa
    True Life I’m a Teacher

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  13. I haven't heard of this app-- will have to check it out!

    My Bright Blue House

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