groove pulp // coffee shop productivity … at home

coffee shop productivity

You know that feeling when you are at a coffee shop and you seem to get so much more done, you’re inspired, things are rolling off your fingers.

It’s hard to recreate that at home.

But this playlist I found on Spotify helps to do the trick. It’s long and eclectic so grab your favourite beverage and hit play.

Add to the ambience with Coffitivity. They share research that shows it’s  hard to be creative in a quiet space but, the mix of calm and commotion in an environment like a coffee house is proven to be just what you need to get those creative juices flowing.

This post goes into detail about how to optimise your environment for creativity, including temperature, noise and lighting.

Here’s how it works: moderate noise levels increase processing difficulty which promotes abstract processing, leading to higher creativity. Or, in other words, when we struggle just enough to process things as we normally would, we resort to more creative approaches.

Stream one from your device and one from your computer to create a true coffee house ambience!

Happy creating!


resource // word hippo


How many times?

How many times is that word on your tip of your tongue? Ok, the tip of my tongue.

That’s why I bookmarked word hippo the minute it came across my computer.

WordHippo tells you the meaning and also finds synonyms, antonyms, words that rhyme with it, sentences containing it, other words starting or ending with it, its etymology, and much more.

Word hippo / found via Life Hacker

freshly squeezed // appy appy joy joy

freshly squeezed // new apps

I collect iPhone apps like some people might collect shoes or handbags. You can never have too many apps [until your device is full, of course].

I’ve just ticked over 300 apps on my phone. Yes, 300, that’s not an extra zero by mistake. Most are photo and video related. Sure I don’t use them all but you never know. What can I say, I’m a hoarder.

Anyway, I’ve bookmarked a few new and new-to-me ones recently that I thought you might like to try, too.

Now these are iOS links but I’ve included Android notes where appropriate.

  1. New this week is Bokeh. There’s a great write-up of it here. I love being an early adopter because I got to snag my name. [Plans for Android in works]
  2. You might have already seen this one around, or even already used it, but Flipagram is a bit of fun, allowing you to bring your photos to life in a short video. Read more here. [Similar to another one of my favourites Everlapse] Also available in Android.
  3. One thing the Mr [who is also a bit iPhoneography addicted, completely my fault] have always wanted was a decent long exposure setting on the iPhone. Then I spotted this post on the Instagram blog and download Slow Shutter Cam. Can’t wait to try this out. [iOS only]
  4. Another one for low light, Average Cam Pro takes several shots at once, analyses them and normalises the result to get the best-lit shot.
  5. OKDOTHIS is an app with prompts for photo ideas as well as a network to share their ideas. While I don’t really need another network, I love the prompt idea. Via here. [iOS only]

I haven’t downloaded this one but it looks cool. FaceCrypt allows you to unlock your phone with a selfie.


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