Friday, November 1st, 2013

Working in Public


Photo Oct 31, 10 16 08 AM

I intentionally brought a notepad with me when I went out for breakfast yesterday morning and as I worked to put pencil to paper I was pulled back by a distracting “beep beep beep ungh ungh crash”. Music is playing and there is a room full of chatty people but I can still hear it- because it’s pretty loud. I look around to see where it’s coming from and I almost missed the little boy sitting in the booth across the room next to (I assumed) his father. A boy so little that his head wasn’t above the table. I could see him holding some kind of portable gaming device which I quickly determined to be the cause of the noise.

I did my best to ignore it and had pondered saying something to the waitress but ultimately I didn’t.

How are you with working in public spaces? Are you able to easily overcome the distractions?

4 thoughts on “Working in Public

  1. I love working in public places like coffee shops. For me, the noise acts like borders against which I can push and find my space. A la kneading a pillow? Without the noise, it is almost as though I don’t really have a place…sort of floaty. If I feel like I have a space, it is easier for my muse or spirit to go sailing or listening…which is what I want…the balance of connected and free.

  2. As much as I like the notion of working in public, I’m terrible at ignoring the usual distractions — repeated blasts of cold air at the only available table next to the door, loud music, horse-playing teens, chatty coffee-klatchers and more. Every time I think I’ll be productive in such an environment, I end up back in my sweats in my own apartment where I *know* I’ll get the work done!

  3. I plug in my headphones and listen to my music. I hate that music has gotten so loud in some places. It used to be a backdrop but is becoming the focus. And it is usually not music I want to listen to.

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