Alexander Kmetec wrote an interesting story, about how a noisy workplace brings productivity down, and how this makes some developers desperate enough to look for cover in light-forsaken places, worthy of Office Space’s Milton Waddams himself. I agree with most of the premise of the piece, however: It doesn’t take two… It only takes one selfish bastard to interrupt everybody and kill the productivity. It also takes just you to interrupt yourself, even if you do camp in the closet space, left alone with your noisy thoughts.
Focus (or lack thereof), has become a big subject of the company I work for, and also my life in general. I find it a precious skill, which I have yet to master, but here’s what I already know: it does pay to invest in it.
What techniques do you use to stay focused?