How Do You Stay Productive in a Noisy Office?
The past couple of weeks the QLP office has been undergoing some construction. Fancy new doorways and bathrooms are nice and all, but man is it hard to get stuff done with all of the loud noises that come along with construction.
Let’s be honest, even when there’s not construction it can still get pretty loud and distracting here at QLP headquarters. Whether it’s a bags tournament, drive-by trick-or-treating, remote control helicopters, or random sing-a-longs, there’s always something exciting (and therefore loud) going on here.
For some people a little background noise is helpful. Other people require complete silence in order to get work done. According to a study published earlier this year, there’s a background noise sweet spot for maximizing creativity: 70 decibels. So the chatter in a coffee house is perfect for fostering productivity, but loud yelling and power drills are way too distracting and complete silence isn’t stimulating enough. So how do you get into your productivity sweet spot?
Even though the noise levels around QLP may frequently rise above 70 decibels, we’ve still got pretty rigorous workloads to manage. Everyone has their own ways of staying focused throughout the chaos. We know we’re not the only ones with a distracting, noisy work environment, so how do you stay productive and manage your time when things get crazy at your office? Whether your boss is always shouting on the phone, your office mate is always listening to horrible music, or your co-workers are always gossiping, how do you still get work done?
We’ve written about workplace productivity and time management before. We’ve written about cubicle zen and taking naps at work. There’s no denying that there are countless ways for people to channel their energy and make the most out of their day at work, no matter how noisy.
When it comes down to it most of us rely on a rockin’ playlist and some good headphones. We may or may not be guilty of listening to “Gangnam Style” on repeat. A lot of us use some version of a browser extension that serves as a timer. Nothin’ serves as a motivator like a race against the clock! I use Chromodoro, a browser extension for Google Chrome that embeds a timer in your browser, because it allows me to allot a specific amount of time for any given project. Amy uses an online stopwatch.
To keep myself from succumbing to distraction I also use the browser extension Nanny for Google Chrome. It allows me to block certain websites (*COUGH* Facebook *COUGH*) for a designated amount of time so that I’m forced to stay on task.
But enough about us. We want to hear from you! What do you do to stay on task when your work environment is loud and distracting? Do you use sound-proof headphones? Or do you rely on online tools for time management and organization? Do you take a break to meditate or walk around the block to clear your head?
Sound off in the comments section below and chime in with your own suggestions for staying productive in a noisy office!
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