Mind my own business!
May 28, 2014 2:21 PM Subscribe
I am really easily distracted, especially by adjacent conversations. Do you have any tips for ignoring them?
posted by radioamy to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I am fortunate enough to have an office with a door at work, but I can't totally isolate myself from all noise. For example, I share that office with my boss and when she is on a phone call I end up fixating on that conversation. Or if I'm in the house with someone who is watching TV within earshot, I find myself unable to not pay attention to the show, even if it's something I don't like or don't follow.
I often keep my door closed at work and wear headphones sometimes, but it's not always practical, and I also don't want to come across as unfriendly. At home it's not practical to be out of earshot of the TV or someone's phone conversation.
This habit is annoying and distracting and a big stressor in my life. I have a difficult time focusing at work and a hard time winding down at night because I am basically actively listening to something instead of focusing on what I want/need to do. So I ask you, Hive Mind, do you have any strategies for helping me mind my own business so I can focus?