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Avoiding Distractions

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Postby Mel » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:23 pm

Ian - if you find the off button, let us know. I have three dogs and two of them bark at everything too.

Traci - they definitely should have built-in snooze buttons. Our deaf dog (9 months old) is as bad as a baby. She only sleeps about 2 hours at a time and thinks someone has to be awake when she is. Unfortunately, I have the graveyard shift (10pm to 5am).
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Postby tknoppe » Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:22 pm

I hear ya. It's like I have SIX newborns. Sheesh. When one wakes, it gets them all barking and wanting to go out. Doesn't matter how late I take them out either, nor what time their last meal was. They still wake at the same time every morning.
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Postby sct100 » Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:34 am

I started using headphones to listen to music. Then I said, hey, why not listen to inspirational talks! Big mistake! Now I sit and listen instead of work.
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Postby mellymom3 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:44 pm

Since I do have a baby and a toddler, my work time is limited to sleep time anyways, so I make sure there are no distractions for me when I can work. Even if that means turning off the tv, unplugging the phone, and telling my husband to stay in his own office for a few hours.
Usually it works out ok.
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Postby terrapin719 » Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:08 pm

I use my headphones to avoid distraction to. Only a lot of the time I'm not actually listening to anything!! It's more like a signal to the kids that I'm working. Since I do a lot of transcription they know if I'm at the desk with headphones on, I probably won't hear whatever they want to bug me about anyway .... so they just ignore me completely! LOL
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Postby tknoppe » Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:33 pm

LOL I do that too Loretta, then when they come barging into my CLOSED DOOR office, I motion to them like I'm, um - busy, and they quietly sneak back out. :P They just *assume* I was talking on the phone or listening to something. ;)
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Postby lisamariemary » Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:28 pm

I've done that, too - like when my music or podcast or whatever ends - and the family is in and out of the kitchen constantly - I just keep the durn headphones on! LOL

I actually haven't been able to use my headphones much at all lately, though, because of my headaches. Especially the ones I won from John P. (onemansblog.com) - they're those noise-canceling ones and they really make my head hurt! Weird, huh?

I wish and hope and pray almost daily for a DOOR!!

Dear God - I've been good today. Please bring me a door. Amen.

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Postby tknoppe » Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:13 pm

Uh, you might want to put on a helmet before it starts raining doors from heaven. Just sayin'. ;)
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Postby lisamariemary » Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:24 pm

tknoppe wrote:Uh, you might want to put on a helmet before it starts raining doors from heaven. Just sayin'. ;)


:lol: :lol: Bwahahaha! :lol: :lol:
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Postby mlm prelaunch » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:06 am

I really can't blame my little brothers and sisters for distracting me from working...mine is free-for-all-to-see because my computer is stationed in my grandfathers mini-grocery store. When it's already too much, a stare that is enough to scare is the key... :lol:
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Postby WAHumor » Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:26 am

The problem with distractions that also exist at the outside workplace is:

You're still getting PAID.

Distractions while working at home...ummmm, not so much!


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Postby silvrsentinel » Sun May 17, 2009 9:03 am

I read somewhere that classical music is the only music that helps concentration. I tried it and it seems to work!

As long as its not too loud. The only distraction is my wife, she loves the fact that I am always home; but it has taken her a while to realize that she has to give me space while I work and not come and ask me questions every five minutes.
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Postby Sami » Sun May 17, 2009 7:56 pm

The main ways I deal with distractions;

- Use my natural rhythms. I'm a morning person so I get up early before everyone else and do an hour or so then when it's quiet. I don't see why this wouldn't work at the other end of the day if you're not a morning person. I'm useless in the afternoons so that's when I do brain numbing stuff like housework.

- Do jobs I dislike first and get them out of the way.

- Have a break every hour. I usually do something that takes me away from the computer like getting the mail, ironing something, putting the bins out, cleaning something up.

- I find having a list of what I want to achieve for the day and then ticking them off motivates me and keeps me focussed.

- If there are other people around, I'll take myself off into another room and shut the door.

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Postby tknoppe » Mon May 18, 2009 7:22 am

I don't know that I agree that classical music is the only music that keeps you from being distracted - it would be put to sleep and would kill my motivation completely. Soothing: yes - motivating me to work: no.

So I often choose to listen to my favorite music when I need to get moving & get things done; when I find myself getting tired, or unfocused - I turn on my favorite tunes and that helps me. Might not work for everyone - but it does for me.
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Postby terrapin719 » Mon May 18, 2009 1:42 pm

It depends on what I'm doing whether or not I can listen to music or not. If I do put music on, it's usually upbeat and sometimes pretty darn loud .... :p
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