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?