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On Coffitivity and Pomodoro Cycles


It’s now been more than 3 years since I started working and/or studying in random coffee shops around town, mainly Espresso House in Stockholm. I don’t mean to advertise at all but it’s really one of those places that provide a cool environment for productive or social purposes. Coffee is great, free WiFi and… wait for it… great ambient mood for creativity. Turns out, this is a thing proven by science.

During the daily Interwebz surf routine yesterday, I stumbled upon an article explaining how to simulate a fake coffee shop ambient vibe to “boost your creative juices”. As the internet is what is, my curiosity led me deeper into that topic and it turns out there’s an 88-page, really boring, academic paper that supports the fact that people are more productive and creative in coffee shops, specifically with “a moderate (70 dB) versus low (50 dB) level of ambient noise enhances performance on creative tasks”.

This was kind of amazing to me since it would explain my conscious, albeit illogical, decisions to work in coffee shops despite it being sometimes being too crowded and/or having babies screaming their lungs out.. Subconsciously, my brain was telling me that this is better than a silent environment!

If you’re already thinking “this could be a good opportu…” there’s an app for that and it’s called Coffitivity. 

What the app does is simulate a fake “coffee shop” ambient environment through your speakers and into your head to give you that boost for whatever you’re doing. If someone had proposed that idea to me before, I would never have taken it seriously. The fact that it’s up, running and backed by science would have made me an idiot for thinking that. The name is creative, catchy and descriptive (along the same lines as Coffice ) and made me wish I had come up with this idea myself.

It’s available for iOS and Android devices.

Pomodoro Cycles

An interesting technique is the Pomodoro technique.

It’s basically a very simple time management technique that provides a work-break cycle that, quite frankly, is impossible not to like. Your work is cut out into chunks with short breaks (sounds good already?) and at the end of it, you get to take a longer break.


The idea is that you work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, wash, rinse, repeat two more times and finally work for another 25 minutes and take a 15-minute (or longer) break.

Advantages of tomato-ing:

– Manage big, ugly tasks in easy-to-manage 25m chunks of time.

– Provides structure to ambiguous tasks.

– Psychological reward: Makes you sit your ass down and actually work by making you look forward to your break.

Disadvantage: makes you hungry by constantly reminding you of tomatoes (Don’t believe me?)

I Recommend:

– Trying to work in coffee shops that are half empty and not too loud, if you haven’t before. Try several times and see if that works for you before deciding.

– Trying the Pomodoro cycle with small tasks and expanding to bigger ones if it does it for you.

– If both are appealing, combine them and enjoy the results!

Hope you enjoyed the post. I wrote it in a coffee shop during 2 cycles and planning to stay here a while 🙂

April 7, 2015 at 7:20 PM Leave a comment

Surprise! Mobile Users Are Internet Savvy

Very true!

May 5, 2014 at 5:29 AM Leave a comment

Most Social Networks Are Now Mobile First


Original post @ Statista

April 10, 2014 at 1:21 AM 2 comments

The Rising Popularity of Mobile Health & mHealth apps



Original post @ GreatCall

September 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM Leave a comment

Which Smartphone Has The Best Battery Life

Original post @ iTechnow

June 28, 2013 at 6:44 PM Leave a comment

The Rise of Mobile & Internet Video Watching

Original Post: Direct SAT TV

July 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM Leave a comment

5.3 billion mobile subscribers sent 6.1 trillion text messages in 2010

5.3 billion mobile subscribers sent 6.1 trillion text messages in 2010

During the first decade of the 21st century, information and communication technologies (ICTs) came within reach of most of the world’s people. As part of World Statistics Day, the United Nations commissioned the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for current data and statistics on ICTs. The resulting report: The World In 2010: ICT Facts and Figures provides an insight into just how phenomenal the growth of ICTs have been over the past few years.

According to the ITU, internet users have grown from under 400 million in the year 2000 to having now surpassed 2 billion. The world now has an estimated 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions, with 90 percent of the world’s population having access to a mobile network. Over 6.1 trillion text messages were sent in 2010 – that’s 200,000 text messages every second!

The mobile market in the developed world, which the UN commonly refers to as being North America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, is reaching saturation levels with an average of 116 subscriptions per 100 people. The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing strong growth in mobile subscriptions chiefly due to India and China adding over 300 million subscriptions in 2010. Developing countries are estimated to have 76 percent of the world’s mobiles, up from 53 percent at the end of 2005. Of the world’s 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions, 17 percent are 3G connections.

Looking at the global picture, one in three of the world’s population is now online. The ITU says the number of people online has doubled in the last five years to exceed two billion, of which 60 percent are in developing countries. China has the most internet users with more than 420 million people connected, while 65 percent of Europeans are online compared to 9.6 percent of Africans. The emergence of 3G networks and now next-generation wireless (4G) networks are expected to progressively allow developing countries to access the internet where fixed broadband infrastructure is limited.

The ITU reports that an estimated 1.6 billion people have internet access at home, with an estimated 555 million wired broadband connections globally. Demand for higher speed connections is rising with more and more high bandwidth content and applications available driving further demand. In the developed world, 65 percent of households are online. In some countries, namely South Korea, the Netherlands and Sweden, more than 80 percent of homes have internet access, and virtually all of these connections are broadband. In the developing countries 15.8 percent of households are connected, with 4.4 percent of these connections broadband. In Africa, less than one percent of internet connections are wired broadband.

There are still large differences between countries when talking about broadband affordability, especially those countries with lower per capita incomes, and this is certainly affecting subscriber levels. An entry level wired broadband connection in a developing country costs on average 190 PPP$ per month as opposed to 28 PPP$ per month in developed countries (PPP stands for Purchasing Power Parity and is a is a theory of long-term equilibrium exchange rates based on relative price levels of two countries).

The ITU asserts over 80 countries, including Australia, Afghanistan, Chile and the United States, had adopted or plan to adopt a national broadband strategy. These policies focus on building nationwide broadband infrastructure with the plan to provide public services online, including e-health, e-education and e-government. The ITU claims that over 40 countries now include broadband in their universal service/universal access definitions and a number of countries, including Estonia, Finland and Spain, have already declared access to the internet as a legal right for their citizens.

Via @GizMag

August 1, 2011 at 4:03 AM Leave a comment

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