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I don't mind instrumental music in the background (no vocals), but I find
it hard to concentrate with even quiet side conversations. Loud jarring
laughter, ringing phones, even the whir of a fan can drive me crazy.
My office is at the T junction of a hallway, and those who come down the
hall feel obligated to say hello. If I close my door, the office becomes
unbearably stuffy and hot. Thank heavens for my WFH days, when I don't need
to see or hear anyone.
Heaven help me if they ever decide to (a) make me come into the office
every day, and (b) make me work in a cubicle.
On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM, Weissman, Jessica <
WeissmanJ -at- abacustech -dot- com> wrote:
> Speaking for myself alone: I find instrumental music (string quartets,
> jazz, classical piano) useful for concentration as it seems to attract the
> attention of some component of my brain so I can concentrate better.
> Vocals are too distracting, and working without music leaves me too open
> to ambient distractions.
> When I was still programming I was much more productive while listening to
> music than I was without it.
> - Jessica
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