Scott Adams:

A study showed that people are more creative when there’s human background noise, such as in a coffee shop. My experience agrees with the study. Back when I owned a restaurant, I brought my laptop to lunch one day to do some work in a booth while my order was being prepared. Ideas came to me so rapidly that I ended up writing an entire book while sitting in the restaurant during lunch rushes.

My experience agrees as well. It’s one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed working out of my coworking space for the past month and a half. Just being around others who are also working, and hearing the traffic outside, the tapping of other keyboards, and the occasional side conversations and phone calls, just helps me keep on my own track.

The Problem with Quiet