How to be in a Café without actually Being in One. (What?)

If you’re a college student like me and you can’t afford to go to a cafe because a.) you don’t have extra money, or b.) you’re too lazy to walk for about 10-15 minutes to your nearest cafe, here’s an easy peasy list on how to make yourself feel as if you’re in a cafe.

Steps!

  1. I like to have something to drink before I start reading.
    Grab a mug and your preferred instant coffee mix. If you have a brewer though, that’s better.
    Pros and Cons of having a coffee brewer:
    Pros
    – Your coffee would taste a whole lot better
    – It might smell nicer, too.
    Cons
    – You might have to wait longer before you can have your coffee
    (This could become a pro for you, if you procrastinate, like me.)
  2. While waiting for your water to heat up, prepare your reading material.
    And your brain for some intensive mental work out (how intensive things may get will depend on your reading material though).
  3. Follow the instructions on the coffee packet.
    Or don’t.
    March to the beat of your own drum and don’t let anything stop you.
  4. After preparing your coffee, go to 8tracks and go to the Jazz or Bossa Nova tag.
  5. Select your preferred playlist. Today, I’ve chosen a playlist from the Jazz tag.
  6. Plug your earphones in. Make sure to set the volume on low so the music won’t distract you.
  7. Start reading.
    Get off on social media!
    If you’re having trouble focusing, hide your bookmarks bar; I find this especially helpful when studying for exams. This way, I wouldn’t be tempted to tweet about how I can’t grasp certain concepts and stuff.
  8. Wish yourself luck. We all know how hard it is to do things we don’t want to do. But the first time is always the hardest; the sooner you do this, the sooner you’ll be done. Then, you can do whatever the hell you want.

Good luck.

Bonus(es)!

  • If you have an AC unit, turn it down to the coolest temperature. The more comfortable you are, the better you will be able to absorb what you’re reading or studying. Just don’t get too comfortable, though. You might fall asleep or end up doing something more unproductive than read this post.
  • Grab something to bite, if you can. Make a sandwich or get some cookies to pair with your coffee, but be careful not to get your reading material dirty.

(Now, let’s get to work. Seriously.)