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For the longest time I could not work while listening to music. I
couldn't study, I couldn't write, I couldn't do anything that require
any more than 1 of my 2 brain cells. Then I started working as a
My first contract was in an open warehouse like office with only a thin
plastic sound curtain between my desk and the manufacturing lab. On the
mundane days, where I was doing formatting work I would listen to
music...then I realized that while listening to music I didn't have to
hear the band saws and hammers.
Now, I work in a decent sized cube (12 x 8ish plus some) that provides
a little more privacy, but there are still plenty of distractions. I
miss the open office when I could hear the problems in hardware
engineering (I tracked and solved more than my share of problems), and I
could see what was going on in software, it really kept me informed. The
new office has increased my investigative skills (along with
incorporating Posada-like techniques to gather information).
I can't work without music. It helps to filter out the office banter,
the fax machine and incoming phone calls. I uploaded all my CDs and pick
music for the task. James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Wallflowers, Lester
Young, David Gray, Dave Brubeck, Ryan Adams...the list and genres vary.
If it formatting or editing....arghh...I have to put on classical,
otherwise I dread the task.
Who can never be upset while listening to James Taylor.
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