Although it may seem contradictory, many people claim distractions help them work better. Ambient cafe noise benefits productivity, so why not other potential sources of distraction?
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Developer and technical manager Brandon Aaskov finds that watching movies actually helps him get things done:
I have long since been a proponent of watching movies while working. Now, not everyone understands or agrees with this approach. In fact, many will criticise it, as my bosses have throughout the years. I strongly believe that we’re of a different generation, where our ADD needs to be occupied and fuelled for productive output. I don’t always watch movies while working — writing emails while a movie is playing is hard for me, not because of the movie, but because of the audio. I can’t listen to music and craft an email at the same time either.
When I need to get tedious work done that doesn’t require a lot of thought, I’ll throw on an episode of a TV show I don’t care about too much. Often times I can handle both tasks at once, but if I can’t I get frustrated with the TV, pause it, and find myself intensely focused on the task because I’ve essentially tricked myself into it. When I’m at low moments of productivity, trying to work with the TV on either provides entertainment while I handle a menial task or makes me want to focus my productive energy.
What about you? What distractions help you get things done?
Movies While Working [Brandon Aaskov]