As a freelance writer, I spend much time at home… alone. I do not work well in complete silence. Playing music does not help. In fact, it makes matters worse because I feel the need to sing along. At that point, work becomes a lost cause.
When working elsewhere, I hear the sounds of people moving about, talking and whatnot while I am concentrating on my work tasks. I find that I get much accomplished with this noise all around me, so I copy it at home – in a way.
I play DVDs. Often continuous play discs that will restart by themselves. This is because I am not really paying attention to what is in the DVD player. I simply need the noise to concentrate. The television does not even have to be loud. I need some noise, but not so as it becomes a disturbance.
Sometimes I sit outside to work. I am aware that the neighbors are talking and visiting around me. I can hear them, but am not really paying attention to their words. I am simply using the noise they generate to concentrate on the task at hand.
Without the background noise, I would never get anything done.
Shannon L. Buck
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