Freedom from interrurption.

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.

via Why you can focus in a coffee shop but not your open office (HBR)

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.
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