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So many things can pose as a distraction to anyone when writing. It maybe an unknown noise from the environment, music playing, psychological issues, personal issues and so on.
What normally distracts you when you are trying to complete any article you are working on?
What distracts me when I am writing are the noises from other phones beside me, that's why I want to post an article during the night so that everyone is sleeping and I have my peace of mind to post freely.
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The same is true with me. I could not focus well if there is noise around me. Also if my ventilation is lacking I couldn't write very well. I also need water for oxygen for my brain to function well.
I think that's true for all of us. No one can write something good if they're dehydrated. How could you even think without proper ventilation? You'll feel the need to breath air constantly.
That's right for all of us. You are not free to write if you're not in good condition. If you are sick, you could not also write well.
I agree. That's why it's always recommended that we get proper rest and hydration in order to work efficiently. Our mind needs to be healthy along with the whole body.
When we take good care of ourselves, it shows. It's much easier to come up with something good to write when you feel good inside and out.
I think temperature has a lot to do with concentration. If it's too hot, there is no way I'll be able to concentrate on what I'm writing. If it's too cold, the same will happen. Overall, you have to keep the workspace with the ideal temperature so it won't distract you after a short time.
I like your answer. It's the same for me too. Although, I'm more used to cold temperature. So if it's air conditioned, you'll hear nothing from me.
But if it's hot and uncomfortable, I may not be so quiet. I'm just kidding. But who of us can bear scorching temperatures, right? Especially, for closed off rooms.
I work with the AC on as well. I've found it improves air circulation and helps eliminate dust and mites. It is very good for people who suffer allergies, like me, thanks to the use of new technologies in these devices. The use of air conditioning also prevents the dehydration that the body suffers when it tries too hard to adapt to the environment where it is.
Well, count me in! Sounds like you just gave a slightly infomercial vibe there. This is why I like air conditioners. It's like they changed the game for humanity. I find it so comfortable.
The only downside is that you still need to use moisturizers. Such as lotions and creams. The cold temperature can dry out your skin in a different way.
Hahaha, re-reading what I wrote made me realize you're right on the money about the infomercial vibe. But what can I say? I can't live without it.
Ah yes, I have to keep eye drops nearby because my eyes get dry with the AC. I put on two drops in the morning and two in the afternoon, and that does the trick.
I'm probably one of those persons who easily get swayed by air conditioner talk. In fact, I saved a commercial because it was so cool. No pun intended.
I like using scented lotions during cold weather. I find that it smells fresh and lasts longer. My favorite is Sweet Pea.
Though, they end up smelling funky if used in very hot weather.
About the water, I don't know about that, well, thank you for sharing it to us, I will consider it as well.
You're welcome. It's been shown that dehydration can cause us to lose focus. Sometimes we need to drink water but aren't aware of it due to stress and focusing too much on work.
One good habit to practice is to drink one glass of water every 30 minutes to 1 hour. That way, you can avoid discomfort due to lack of hydration.
My phone can sometimes distract me too, especially if I’m trying to work and getting distracted by social media. If I open up my social media it’s a sure fire way to waste time!
We can all relate to that. I'm usually slowed down by constant notifications on my phone. That's why I usually use airplane mode before working. That can save battery while also preventing the onslaught of phone beeps.
That's right also with me. When somebody calls me on the phone I am distracted. I could not concentrate anymore in what I am doing.
That happens a lot. It's probably why most people turn off their phones before they start working. I too find it difficult to get back to what I'm doing after being interrupted. Especially, if I talked to someone for a while.
Yes, same here with me, you tempt to open your social media than to start writing, then suddenly you will feel lazy from doing so.
We all feel bad after wasting time on social media. It just takes a lot of our working hours. We don't even notice until it's too late. Kind of like watching TV. You're too focused on what's happening to realize the time gone by.
Me too. Phones tend to be noisy. Though, some are more distracting than others. I'm kind of okay with pleasant notification sounds. I'm more bothered by vibrating alerts and annoying ringtones.
I agree that most of the time calls and messages from friends at night are very distracting more so when I'm writing something. Thats why I usually put my phones in silent mode when I'm doing my writing assignments.
I agree with you. Phones should be placed in silent mode. Most especially inside the church where the minister is giving his sermon. I cannot concentrate in hearing when somebody's phone is ringing.
I always find phone as a distracting tool especially when I'm peacefully asleep. Some text messages or notification saying " someone shared a link". I hate that moment when messages arrived of no importance. It does happen anywhere banks, offices or church. Sure, mobile phones is a disturbance in some instance.
Older phone models use silent mode. Smartphones use airplane mode. It also disconnects you from any WiFi available. You also can't receive texts or calls while it's activated. Definitely a handy feature for busy people.
I think I am also distracted when my wife wants me to do something else. I could no longer write easily because she needs me to do something that has to be done like washing the dishes. I also need to attend to her needs.
That's very relate-able. It seems that many of us are distracted by friends and family members. They're in constant need of our attention. So if we don't go somewhere they can't reach us, we won't have enough mental resources to focus on what we're doing.
We share the same sentiments. It's best to work your mind and think in the evening when everyone is sleeping. As we can't find a solemn place easily, we just have to be the ones to adjust and wait for the most solemn time of the day.
It's very common for writers to work during the night. They like the quietness around them. I probably do this too. It's just that it can be unhealthy to constantly change your sleeping schedule.
I couldn't agree more. It is very distracting when there are a lot of noises going on around when you're writing. It is just like their blocking the memories to flow into our mind. It would be easier to think if we were in a quiet place.
I don’t clearly get your point about those ringing phones. Are they your phones or the phones of the people in your home? Or maybe you are working in a cyber shop? Whatever it is my advice is for you to wear a headset so it will block all the external sounds and you can have peace and quite in what you are doing. The ringtone of the phone is definitely a disturbance that will break your concentration.
I think everything in the background and movement especially unnecessary sounds can be annoying and disturbing when writing, I write best in the night and the room must be dark.
I actually prefer writing in a well-lit room. So that's something we have in contrast. But I can relate with bothersome movement. One thing I find super distracting is when someone hovers close to me for more than a minute.
Unless there's an important reason, I'm usually uncomfortable with people breathing next to me. That's what happens when someone's hover close to your face.
Lots of noise completely throws off my attention span. Also, if I’m stressed or anxious about other things in life, I also find it hard to focus. It’s like if I have other things to do on my to-do list, I need to have those organized before I can offer work my 100% focus.
Stress is also something that deeply bothers me. I've realized that consciously thinking about a lot of stuff can be the root cause of this. This is why I stop thinking about things simultaneously.
It helps me focus on what's important. Keeping track of your mind is essential in staying mentally alert. You can't focus if your mind is all over the place.
Oh, I’m a massive over thinker so that would definitely explain things. I’m often even thinking or worrying about things in the future that may or may not even happen. I’ve been trying to learn how to relax more...it can be tough!
I'm sorry to hear that. It's something we can both relate to. What I do is take deep breaths, drink water, and listen to some relaxing instrumental music. It helps a lot with toning down the stress levels.
You can try focusing on other stuff. Maybe try learning a new language. That way, you don't have time to stress yourself out about the future. You'll be busy building skills in the present.
I like that idea - it’s a very positive and constructiveway to try and have my mind focusing on something else rather than worrying. I think learning a new language would be really interesting and a
very productive use of time!
Yes, it is. That's how we can maximize our time on Earth. Worrying actually prevents you from fully being present in the moment.
So if you look back on your life, you'll realize that a large part of it was spent in having analysis paralysis. It's never a good thing.
The better question is, what doesn’t distract me from writing? I have a really short attention span and a bad habit of randomly browsing the internet. Whenever I feel like there is a pause in my writing process, my mind instantly goes to checking some form of social media. This would be fine and all if it weren’t for the fact that I get distracted for extended periods.
Another issue is that I live on the second floor of my grandparents’ rural home, and my grandfather has a blacksmith’s workshop. Nothing is lovelier than trying to do research and write an article while there is someone clanging away at an anvil at like 140 decibels.
God bless him for being so active into his old age, but god also grant me noise canceling headphones while you’re at it.
I had to laugh the other day - here’s a good example of how distracted I get (and how many things I try to do at once).
I found out that a smartphone allows a maximum of 500 browser tabs to be open at any one time. I only knew this because Safari on my phone wouldn’t let me open any more tabs, and when I force closed them I had 500 different internet pages open on my phone.
I feel like I’m the queen of distraction!
At first, when I read that you found out a phone only allows 500 tabs, I figured you just happened to find out randomly through some website. I thought, “Oh well, she probably got distracted by trying it out.”
I totally wasn’t expecting you to say that you found out by actually opening them all yourself! Honestly, that gave me a good laugh. You definitely do seem to be the queen, because that probably tops any distraction I’ve read to this day.
No way. How is that even possible -500 open tabs? I laughed so much with your comment! What on Earth have you been researching? You definitely take the prize to being the most distracted.
Browsing the internet when I'm writing something is what distracts me. I'm actually disappointed to myself when at the end of the day I didn't finished anything because of too much time spent browsing irrelevant things on the internet.
I totally get his, and I’m actually going through it at this very moment. I’m working on a project right now, and it should’ve been done by the end of what I consider my work day (since I work from home, on my own time). It was supposed to be a three or four-hour side project at most, but I’m already six hours into it!
What’s worse, I’m sitting here chatting on the forums instead of working on it! The insanity of it all. I need to find some sort of browser extensions that limit me specifically to my work sites, haha. But I'd probably find another distraction then as well.
That's a common thing for us. While the internet is helpful and necessary in accomplishing tasks, it's more likely to distract us from actual work. The biggest distractions are Youtube videos and any exciting form of media.
Facebook browsing can turn from casual to full on hangout sessions.
It's really hard to resist social media like facebook because it gives pleasure every time we use it. Our families, relatives, friends, latest news, and trends are there. Every second there's an update in our timeline and want to know what's happening so we keep on coming back to check our account.
I can relate to you. When I am writing, I usually do it on my MS word while a browser is open. On my browser, I have my facebook, Instagram, and gmail account. When I receive notifications, I will notice it immediately and will get my attention. Sometimes, I will find myself spending so much of my time checking my Facebook and Instagram account instead of writing.
Mine is when people are bothering me and cannot allow me to concentrate fully. In many times I have people working around me and I always prefer to either report to work early or leave late so that I can have my precious time for writing. I have learnt to work around them sometimes nonetheless.
I know the feeling. Other people usually come to us at the worst possible time. Like when you're trying to accomplish something. And then you end up procrastinating for a while because a friend needed your help on something.
It's funny and annoying at the same time.
Yeeah it is both funny and annoying because a lot of times they never realize the damage they have caused and you can be too nice not to say a word. You then end up with a backlog of work which will take you even longer if distractions keep coming.
It's definitely a recipe for disaster. You might want to try reading a book about the positive effects of saying no. It's actually within our rights to reject someone asking for a favor.
Not because we're harsh or anything. It's just that we all have stuff to do that's important. Implementing that in your life can change things for the better. You can still be nice in other ways.
And if they really are your friends, they'll understand.
I agree if someone is a true friend they need to understand when you say that you are busy and when that busy is actually due to your having to handle some important work.
It's tough to focus when you have other people around. Like there are a few who comes by and engages on a chit chat while you're so engaged in working. It's annoying haha!
What distracts me the most when I am writing is when somebody tries to talk to me. I can actually handle multi tasking but talking while writing is definitely not my thing. Whenever I write, I always tend to focus a lot while thinking and whenever someone talks to me, I always tend to stop what I'm writing because I always try to answer the person while looking at them and making sure that I am paying attention to what they're saying.
That's something I experience as well. It's so uncomfortable trying to talk while writing. Sometimes you end up ignoring the work because you get so caught up in the conversation. That's why I make sure to only write in my room. People have to knock before interrupting my writing process.
Exactly. I mean I just can't ignore someone that needs/wants my attention especially that I don't want to look like a snobbish person.
That is also what I want to do as well, to write in my own room. Unfortunately, I don't have a room of my own yet (at least for now) because my room is still in the process of having it's own wall that is supposed to separate my own space from the spacious living room on our house's 2nd floor.
Oh, sorry to hear that. What other people do is go somewhere away from friends and family. Maybe like the famous coffee shop.
I usually find people having a leisurely time in Starbucks. Though, it can quickly become costly if you keep coming back.
Especially, since their frappuccino tastes so good.
Yeaah this is a thing nowadays which helps in both concentration and productivity boosting. I find a majority of freelancers and even people that do work which does not necessarily have to be accomplished in the office inside coffee shops with their laptops.
Oh no it's okay sir and thanks for the concern. I'm actually fine about my setup as of the moment. I actually want to go to coffee shops as well but it's definitely costly especially that most of the coffee shops where I live only offer coffees that are made with expensive ingredients and Starbucks will definitely rank first as the most expensive one, and not to mention I'm also still a student (I'm on my senior year in college) and my allowance and the small money I get from freelancing is definitely not enough. But, hopefully I'll be able to have my room's wall installed next year or sooner.
Yeeah there are coffee shops that are extremely expensive and they are mostly the ones that have the most serene environments. The crowded areas tend to have cheaper commodities in my country but sometimes it is better to spend time there with earphones on.
That's true. Expensive coffee shops are definitely peaceful and are much ideal for study time or when doing your freelance job. I actually find cheaper coffee shops to be a place for hangouts with friends or a group study place where most extroverts gather and talk. However, because I'm an introvert I don't like to go to such places, and worse I'm too much on a budget for such expensive things.
This is something I find really frustrating and distracting. I don't know how people can often be so oblivious that they're interrupting! When I'm working, I clearly look like I'm in "work mode". I think I need to put a sign on my back that says don't interrupt me unless the building is on fire!
That's such a savage idea ma'am amelia88. I actually want to do that as well but unfortunately I'm the youngest in the family and I just can't snob such interruptions inside our house. But true enough, those interruptions ate truly frustrating and distracting especially if you're on the verge of having writer's block.
Have you tried borrowing the signs used at the door of hotel suites? They're famous for the Do Not Disturb posts hanged on their doorknobs. That would be really funny.
Alternatively, you can create your own. Maybe it's time to call in the DIY videos for advice. I'm sure you can make something cute, small, and portable.
This gives me an idea. Do you know the order number thingy they put on your table when you're at fast food restaurants?
Maybe you can invent something like that only instead of a number, there's a pretty lettering that says something clever. Like: She's writing. Do NOT engage.
I also like having my focus at a 100% whenever I am writing because only then can I be able to produce a great piece. When I am talking to people and still writing the proofreading I do produces numerous errors.
I write well when I'm in a particular state of mind. I usually see writing as me pouring out my thoughts, from the deepest parts of my heart; and I usually don't always feel like I'm writing from my heart sometimes. In times like this, I can hardly write. Anything that has the potential to take my heart off my writing is a sure distraction, no matter how subtle, no matter how important. Anxiety is one feeling that keeps me from writing fine, when i feel like i have to write, to deliver even when i don't feel like.
The same applies to me. Noise dies not distract me from writing. It is because when I write, I get very much dissolved in words so that I do not see nor hear.
That's really sad. I can feel how much writing means to you. What's important is that you do what works for you. Everyone has their own method for maximizing their potential and creativity.
I hope you can find ways to get your much needed writing time. I wish for it to bring you joy and happiness. We all deserve to have that in our lives.
Very true. It's so hard to even come up with something when you're feeling anxious. Like you have a lot of things going on through your mind, and you don't even know what to do or what to say. I lock myself in my room and forget about the outside world in times like these.
What I find most distracting while writing is loud noise. Anything that sounds unpleasant can surely distract me from continuing with my work. So I make sure I work in a quiet environment. Sometimes you can't avoid sounds. So I usually wait until night before writing.
I stay in my room whenever that I have some work to do for my clients and because of that reason, I don't get distracted easily by noise. This is something that I always look out for when I am looking at the way that I can make things work pretty okay for me as well.
That's smart of you. A lot of us forget that our working place could be the cause of problems. Such as when we're writing in an open area. You can't really expect to not have distractions there.
But if you write in the comfort of your own room, then you're less likely to be bothered by other people. It makes for a fruitful writing session.
I am not that kind of person who is easily distracted by some noise in the environment. I can even sleep with it. However, I get easily distracted when my nephews came to me and kiss me and hug me, everything must be set aside for a while.
Love and adoration then distracts you. You must really love these kids. They love you too. That is the greatest of them all.
That's so cute! I like how your writing tone changed the instant you mentioned your family. I guess sometimes distractions are a blessing. It reminds us of the life we have outside of our writing. Nothing can compare to a simple yet happy life.
The social media is one of them. I have noticed that I have gotten quite addicted to my whatsapp that it is almost impossible for me to stay twenty minutes with my device without opening the app. This is something that I am working on and hopefully, I will win the battle at the end of the day.
When I'm working at my computer, I often have to leave my phone in another room and close any other browser tabs I had open on my computer to avoid this. Phones and their multitude of social media apps can be incredibly distracting, and once you start looking at them it's like time just disappears.
That's so funny. I'm also distracted by mobile apps. The ones I'm distracted by are shopping apps. I'm frequently checking to see if my target items are on sale. I also like exploring for new stuff to buy.
I hope we can both overcome our tendency to use apps. Once we do, we'll have more time to write stuff.
For the last three days, I have tried keeping off WhatsApp, because friends can distract you. Especially that one friend you love or who shares stories throughout.
Basically, social media is the biggest distractor. Sometimes I am forced to switch my phone.
That happens to me too with some friends. When they just want to talk non stop and don’t realize you’re trying to work, it can be difficult. These days if I’m working I try not to reply to text messages or online chats because it ends up being a massive distraction.
I have decided to re-take a step I had to take sometime back. I had deactivated and deleted my social media accounts, and I was only answering calls and texts that are crucial.
Social media has been my biggest distractor, and I will take the action since I am wasting a lot of time.
What distracts more from writing is what kills my moods. It may be discouragement or annoyance. When these ones set in am very much distracted and I do not know what can return the writing mood.
Yeah, I've been there. It's like a cloud hangs over your head. It feels as though you're in a heavy mood all of a sudden. You can't concentrate enough to write because of your feelings.
What I do is take a break and have some chocolate. Studies have shown that chocolate has uplifting benefits. It enhances our mood and makes us feel happy. Works all the time.
Oh, that happens to me too. If I'm grouchy or upset, I find it incredibly hard to focus. Often I just have to call it quits for the day and try and get other tasks done other than writing. I still try and get stuff done, but sometimes I realize that my mood is going to negatively impact my writing and it's better to wait until I'm in a better headspace.
What distracts me when I started writing in our house is my kids because they are very noisy and playing in my room which makes me uncomfortable and cannot focus well on what I am writing. Even I would say that they should be playing in my room still they keep coming back that is why sometimes I am writing my article during late at night or early in the morning when they are still sleeping so that there will be no more hindrance in my writing. I cannot scold them since they are just small kids that didn't know yet what they are doing. All they know for now is to have some fun by way of playing every now and then.
I have young children too and when they’re up and playing it can certainly be tough trying to focus. I find that I get my best work done when I can complete things either before they’re awake or after they’ve gone to bed.
I try not to let the news reports distract me but sometimes when they come on TV (and I'm in the same room with my husband), the reports make me stop what I'm doing so I can listen carefully. Other than that I have learned how to block out almost any distraction. In fact, my husband just asked me the other day what was it that was doing so much on the computer that I completely ignore him when he's talking to me. LOL.
Yes I agree with you and I am also experiencing such issue because I am also a news lover, I want to stay updated on the latest happenings on earth. Whenever I hear that the news is tarting already I sometimes pause on my writing just to give time to the news which really affects my focus and concentration. I am trying my best now to come up a better idea and strategy so that I will not be disturb in my writings
I have a definite strategy for watching the news so that it does not interfere with my online work. I find one particular news program that is dependable and reliable and each day I look for their daily report and watch it at a set time of the day. My husband likes business reports so we often listen to Bloomberg for business and technology stories. But he only tunes in at certain times of the day. Then we find a reporting service that covers news all around the world, not just America, and listen to their reports. Sometimes we can find a live news stream. Sometimes we find videos that are a few hours old. It's all good. Then in the afternoon when I'm in the car going to pick up my daughter and granddaughter from school, the BBC News is usually on the radio, BBC Is a really good news reporting service.
When I usually writing, I get distracted with someones conversation so I want a place that is a total quiet so I can think clearly what's on my mind and concentrate to the things I want to write. Instrumental or classical music makes me more focus on writing.
I agree with you, sometimes it frustrates me how easily I am to get distracted.
Through keeping off distractions. close your browser. Turn off your cellphone. Block out time and inform your family they're not to disturb you except the residence is on fire or they see arterial blood. Lock yourself in a room. put on earplugs. In my experience, the writers who revel in the most distractions are those who sense guilty about taking the time to write and consequently do not set and preserve barriers.
I definitely have moments where I feel guilty about taking time - and I think that is an important point you make, that you shouldn’t feel guilty and instead just create the best work environment to be able to get lots done.
I think for me I just think a lot about the writing errors like say typo and others. I some of the time think about making the least mistakes. And to get over that you have to consider about other distractions. I mostly think about writing habits that improve my speed. Considering I write a lot of fiction. I may have to find ways to write something better that can get me more conversion and also get things done.
The noises in my surrounding, I usually put ear muffs when I write. So I can't hear a thing.
What distracts me from writing is different kinds of noise. When I write, I prefer to be in a quiet place. Having a quiet place to write has a big factor when writing. You won't lose your concentration and it can boost your brain to write a better content.
Well, ideally I like to sit in a very silent environment when I am writing something but I don't think that it is possible to get complete silence especially when you are living in a big city with very busy and noisy streets. We eventually get used to all the noises around us and learn to work in spite of all the distractions. However, the biggest problem that I encounter sometimes while writing is when people speak very loudly to each other or talk loudly on their mobile phones. It breaks my line of thoughts and I usually do lose my focus when this happens. I prefer to take a small break at such a time and then resume my work later.
I get easily distracted by all sorts of things - background noises, the sound of people talking, or music. Whenever I think of a good content and have organized it in my head, I try to type it immediately because I easily lose my train of thought. Hence, as much as possible, I write in a quiet place such as a library or in my room.
The other thing that distracts me is when there are new notifications for the other tab that it's opened on my browser, it makes me feel uncomfortable and look at that notification to check it.
Oh, I have that inkling too. I tend to check my browser tabs often. Notifications have a way of forcing us to look at them. Pop-up ads should learn from them. We basically can't avoid reading alerts and notifications.
People in the background, or my mother looking over with what I am doing. I don't like it when people see me writing. I'd rather do it in my room alone and all by myself. "?? All by myself, don't wanna be, all by myself, anymooooooore ?" LOL.
That's funny. It seems like that song has become a meme of sorts. I'm also distracted whenever someone's standing right next to me. The most bothersome part is their breathing on my neck. Bonus points if they have bad breath. Ha!
What? One's breathing on your neck? Now that can only happen if you have your wife or girlfriend beside you while you write. Haha!
Well, every unnecessary noise that I hear on the background distracts me. So, I always wait for the time when everyone's quiet and peaceful, that's on midnight up to like 2-3 am. I like working during that time period. Strangely, my mind is used to working during those times.
Sometimes it's worth staying up until that time just to be able to embrace those quiet hours. There's something oddly satisfying about being about to crank out a lot of work while everyone else is sleeping. I always seem to get extra motivated when I know that my entire house is silent - it really ramps up my productivity.
Me too. It's like you're in a special place. What strikes me odd is how everything feels different the moment it's quiet. It's like you're in a Horror movie just before the jump scare. I'm sure can maximize that feeling of motivation.
It could be the fact that silence makes our minds more active. There really is benefits to be gained from regular times of peace and quiet.
A lot of people can relate. That includes me. Sometimes you have no choice but to stay up at night. Though, it's best to still get 8 hours of sleep. Tiredness can also be a distraction while writing. So aside from avoiding unnecessary noise, we must also quiet the internal sounds of exhausting from our bodies through proper rest.
Sometimes I am using some strategy when I want to watch some news and I am witting some article, I usually watched on the replay on it at the YouTube so that I can focus and concentrate on what I am doing. It really helps a lot because I can now continue my work without any interruption which is really good.
Good strategy. I also like that we now have replay features. We don't have to worry about missing stuff because of it. Most of our anxiety comes from not getting what we want. So video on demand services certainly help with that.
Yes that would really be a good strategy since it really helps me a lot, I am not anymore worried whenever I cannot watch my favorite TV series or news out there because good thing that replays are now very common into some social media sites such as the YouTube which is really great to have.
I remember my old transistor radio when I was still in school. That was my usual companion when I am studying especially when there is an upcoming exams. But now I cannot seem to work when there is music around. It’s a good thing that offices now don’t have the piped-in music unlike before when offices where like malls with the loud music. My preferred atmosphere when working is peace and quiet.
That's nice of you to share. It could be a change in dynamics. Habits and preferences change as we age. There's also the fact that we're doing much harder work now. Especially, for stressful jobs.
Yes that is really true and I am glad that we have a similar preference when it comes to working on some articles. I really prefer the peaceful and quiet atmosphere because I feel hat I can focus and concentrate more with what I am doing for the very moment.
Noises from other people and my phone are my biggest distractors. I always try to keep off my phone, because that's the biggest distractor. After getting connected to the internet, that means I will spend a lot of hours chatting and scrolling through tweets.
I've been there. Phones just have that power to pass the time by so fast. I only realized hours have passed after watching YouTube videos. It's surprising since we're usually aware of the time. We lose track due to our interest with what we're doing.
Hunger, headaches, and noise. All of them are definite buzzkills, and each has the capability to stop me from writing. Usually, I have snacks nearby so I can grab a quick bite, and if I get a headache I rest my eyes for about 10 minutes and drink a cup of warm tea. Noise, however, is the worst of them all, as I can't control who or what is making the sound.
Me too. The worst has to be noise. I'm sometimes tempted to call out the person making the loud sounds. It's so annoying. The hardest part is if it's a human doing that. Like kids running around and crying. Makes you want to have a mute button. Kind of like the movie Push.
Oh gosh, kids are the worst when it comes to noise! I have a couple of neighbors who have small children, and one day I just could not take it anymore. I just went straight ahead and did a loud "Shhhhh!". I regret to inform it didn't work in the slightest and those kids still cry a lot. A mute button would be like my birthday and Christmas came at the same time.
That's right. I'm so glad someone can relate. Kids are so not cute when they do that. Especially, the shrill cry of infants. Well, you get an A for effort. I've tried similar things but they didn't work.
Sometimes you just have to vacate the vicinity until things calm down. Do it for your sanity's sake. Also, try watching Adam Sandler's movie Click. I got it wrong the previous time. That's the correct title.
It's very entertaining. My favorite part is the powerful use of the remote to go through life.
Hah, I followed your recommendation and saw it today. It was hilarious! Although it did have some serious moments. And you were absolutely right, a remote control like that would definitely improve our lives as writers just with the mute button. I'll be daydreaming about that remote next time the neighbor kids are crying. And then I'll stand up to go for a walk, for sure.
Oh, gee. Thanks! I'm glad it made your day. You know what? That movie almost made me cry. Adam Sandler is such a good actor. He can make you laugh and cry at the same time.
The part where his life fast forwarded uncontrollably was difficult to watch. Imagine if that happened to us.
I'm thankful it had a happy ending. We all needed that.
And yes. Treat yourself with some ice cream while you're at it. I like chilling in the convenience store whenever it's inconvenient where I'm at.
Now imagine if you could rewind yourself eating ice cream. I bet you'd always be satisfied with one cone if you could do it all over again as much as you want.
Yesterday we had some roadworks going on outside our house and it was driving me nuts! It felt like their construction equipment was right in my house...so much noise! That was a massive distraction but they’re all done now, I think!
I've had that experience too. Though, mine was not a construction site. It was someone using a drill to put a hole in something. I don't know what it was. Maybe some home renovation stuff. But it was really loud.
I think it’s always difficult when any noise is invading your space that you can’t simply switch off. It’s one thing if it’s a TV or radio making noise that you can easily eliminate, but another thing entirely when the noise is created externally and not as easy to get rid of.
That's so true. It feels like someone scratching their nails on chalkboards. The feeling is horrendous. I hope none of us experience this frequently. It's like your whole house is ringing.
So you pretty much can't escape it. The only way out is to leave the house and go somewhere until it ceases.
Oooooh no. Drills are another level of annoying. They aren't as noisy, but there is something in the high-pitched sound they make that gets me on my nerves.
I think we may have just discovered the number one tool to annoy writers. Like literally the main tool. Imagine how hard it is to write with someone drilling a hard object. I think the person nearby was doing tiles or some crazy strong concrete.
Agreed! Drills are the worst. And in concrete, well, if it happens, writers should be legally allowed to drop everything related to work and go have some vacations to escape the noise.
What usually disturbs me while working is my cat. He usually jumps out onto my table whenever I am writing or working om my laptop. But I don't find it annoying, actually he is really cute. I know thay he just wanted to cuddle with me and I love him doing that.
Noise is the distraction that I hate the most and children playing around. My nieces distract me when they run around me during writing. I just can't focus or think about something. Noise is the worst, specially noise from chainsaw. I totally hate it. It makes me irritable.
What distract me from writing is when my mother called me to cook for meals. I literally get disconnected and all my thoughts are gone. I had the difficulty to reconnect the idea what I had before the errands. That's why I write all my thoughts in summary as a guidelines on what I have on mind. So, I will not forget. Sometimes, I'm also distracted with my own idea especially when I can't organize it. I have so many idea but I can't put it into writings.
I love staying in a peace and quite place when I tend to write some stories or some articles. So when there are loud noises it will disturb my concentration on my work. Sometimes I am having a hard time going back to work because I can't think straight due some disturbances. It's very frustrating that when you have a nice idea and then you how you going to write it it was being cut off because of some disturbance. So going back to the work you don't anymore how to organize our ideas because you what it is.
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My phone usually distract me from writing. The only problem I have when writing while having personal issue is I only lose motivation, but I still do manage to finish my work. With music, it doesn't bother me at all. Environment noises would be my kids laughing and yelling while they play and no they don't distract me either. So it really is just my phone when it notifies me of new comments or messages.
What distracts you easily when writing: I can easily distracted by a single noise even the playing music so.I rather go to the quite place if i really need to fucos specially if i am running out of time to complete my piece.
Distraction is always there when it comes to writing, I usually distracted with my own mind, suddenly there is something will pop out in my mind that I need to do something. Noise doesn't really distract me because I write while wearing my earphones unless it was something like a big explosion or something similar to that.
There are many things that really distract me when I am writing. My husband loves to talk my ear off and sometimes does not realize that if I stop, I will lose my train of thought. And my cats distract me as well. They are just too cute and want attention. It seems to me that whenever I get really involved in something is when they want the most attention.
Social media is also a huge distraction for me. I may say I am going to take a 2-minute break and it winds up being 15 or 20 minutes. Email is also distracting because I often feel the need to respond back to emails as soon as I have read them.
With all that said, I try to limit my distractions as much as possible but sometimes it is just so hard to do so.
Social media is my main distraction. I have more than two thousands friends on Facebook. WhatsApp messages also distract me.Visitors also make me stope since I have to attend to them and resume my work after they have left.