Taken together, the lesson here is that the ideal space for focused work is not about freedom from noise, but about freedom from interruption. Finding a space you can hide away in, regardless of how noisy it is, may be the best strategy for making sure you get the important work done.
I loathe open office layouts for this very reason. (Thankfully I’ve been a remote worker for the last two years.)
- If you’ve ever poked your head into an open office layout, you’ve probably noticed that anyone doing work has a pair of noise-canceling headphones on.