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Want to do an experiment?

Linda Andrews, Director
Want to do an experiment?
by Linda Andrews - Thursday, 25 March 2021, 4:03 PM

Want to do some scientific (almost) research?

Get a notebook.

Start your studies for today.

Each time you get distracted or pulled away from your studies, write down what it was that distracted you, how long it took you away from your studies, if you ever got back to your studies, and any other helpful information.

Let's see what causes slowdowns in our work.  I'm going to do it too.

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Re: Want to do an experiment?
by Andrea Pe - Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 7:45 PM

I do my work in front of a computer.  I do this for 2 reasons: 1. so if I don't understand a term I can look it up and 2. so if I'm stuck on something and my brain is begging for a break, I can go online and look up things I'd love to buy but never do.  Once I've had enough of playing on the computer, I return to work.  I'm also often interrupted by my dog if she wants attention.

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Re: Want to do an experiment?
by Kimberly Ha - Thursday, 22 April 2021, 11:41 AM

What distracts me the most right now is that my house is under renovation so I have to keep moving around.  We also have grown kids that like to come and hang out on the weekends sometimes.  This doesn't help with the focus either.  I love having them here and it's even better when all the grandkids are here as well. (It is a secret, but they are more fun than the kids. Shhhh)  I also take care of my parents, sometimes it's constant and others I don't hear from them in days.  I am glad that they are still with me and i will do anything to help them out anyway.

When not under construction I have a desk in my living room.  This is generally the best spot, as my kids (11 & 13) have the family room in the back of our house.  My issue of being distracted happens when my husband is home and is watching tv.  I have BT headphones that I wear and listen to movie scores that have no words, just the music. Gladiator and Braveheart are my most favorite and I take my test to one #3 of Gladiator and I find that I can conduct as I read or code.  I learned this when I was in college when I had a 5-year-old, now grown,  running around at the same time.  If I need to escape, I run off to my sister's house and commandeer her office or kitchen table.

I don't know why it works, it just does.