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Mid-Week Mini Edition
By Maria Gracia
September 6, 2017
What's Your Optimum Noise Level When Working on Paperwork?
When you need to work on a focused 'paperwork' task, do you prefer sound
or silence? I recently asked this question in a web poll on my web site. Here's
how GON readers responded...
39% It has to be perfectly quiet. I don't want to hear a pin drop
31% Light music playing in the background is my preference
24% Light background activity, like the sound of kids playing outside, works for
3% I work best with energetic music on
3% I need lots of activity around me, like in a coffee shop
There have been studies conducted which have resulted in researchers discovering
that the sounds of a city (traffic and such), people chatting with each other,
and even light background music can actually lead to a decrease in productivity
and performance for most people...even though it may be perceived that the
background noise is helping.
A lab in Glasgow conducted research on whether noise affects cognitive
performance. Participants were exposed to different types of noise ranging from
everyday sounds, light background noise, high-energy music, calm music, etc.
EVERYONE (100%) did worse when there was any kind of noise in the background
compared to when they performed those tasks in silence. I can see that. For
important paperwork projects, I prefer silence which allows me to really zone in
on that work without chance of distraction.
By the way, every time you're interrupted and have to stop what you're doing,
refocus, and start again, that equals diminished productivity.
This all being said, I believe that:
1) Not all paperwork projects are worthy of complete silence. For
instance, I'll sometimes put light background music on if I'm working on 'light'
paperwork, like filling in a basic form or writing out Christmas cards. For
these types of projects, even if it takes me a little longer to do, it's OK,
because you don't have to necessarily get everything done in record speed. In
fact, sometimes it's relaxing to take a few minutes longer to do something
because it gives your mind a rest.
2) As noise levels increase, focus and productivity is going to go down.
I feel I can drown out most light background noise, sometimes not even realizing
there is any background noise...IF that noise is not too loud. For instance, I
used to work in an office with cubicles. Most of the time, working in this
environment was fine. But sometimes, if someone sitting nearby was on their
phone, and I was just hearing 'parts' of the conversation
(talking...pause...talking...pause) or if someone had a visitor at their
cubicle, it could get pretty distracting. At these points, if I was working on
something important, I opted to do that project at a quieter time...or in a
closed conference room.
In summary, be cognizant of any noise thats causing you to have to constantly
stop and restart whatever you're working on. Move to a quieter environment, or
wear earplugs, if you have to work on important paperwork, but you can't 'turn
off' the sound around you. Finally, know that whatever paperwork project you're
working on, the more important/detailed the project is, the quieter it should
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Storing Small Items
Hi Maria, Regarding storing nuts, screws, and other small items, my dad
was a builder and in the basement of our home he had a workbench with a shelf
overhead. He nailed or screwed mason jar lids to the underside of the shelf. He
then filled jars with nuts, screws, and such...and screwed the jar to the
It frees up a lot of space and is easily visible at eye level. If there is no
room in the basement, add a shelf in the garage, instead, to accommodate jars.
Keep your great tips coming.
--Karen Chapman, Wellington, Ontario, Canada
P.S. From Maria Gracia: Great idea, Karen! This idea also works for
any type of small item, like small office supplies (push pins, paper clips,
binder clips) OR crafting supplies, like beads, small pom poms, googly eyes, or
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Theme of the Week: Quiet. Enjoy our home page quotes, that reflect our
theme, for added inspiration and motivation this week
Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.
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