Once in the zone, no interruption. People talking, phone ringing. People asking you mundane (business related still) questions they should be able to answer them self.
To get into the zone?
If I knew that, I would not be answering this poll.
But have recently switch from bbc radio 1 (30% talk, 70% pop music) to youtube lo-fi hiphop live stream stations. The rare voices gives a nice bump to shake up pace.
I find only a physical interruption will lift me out of the zone, usually so abruptly that I flinch. At which point I am really grumpy so the wife tries not to disturb me too often (or sometimes just for laughs).
The new puppy on the other hand has no compunction to chewing my toes which will also eject me from the zone.
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If I am completely focused on work, I am legendary for launching through the ceiling if you come into my cube and speak my name. Some of my co-workers think it's hilarious, though they don't go out of their way to trigger me. As odd as it is, one of my co-workers now shuffles his feet loudly before he comes around the corner. Somewhere in the back of my mind this prepares me. Oddly, if I have my Bose noise cancelling headphones on, you can tap me on the shoulder without startling me...
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
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No matter if it's colleagues sharing the latest update on their crush or the news in the radio, I can't help but get distracted by conversations where I can understand what is being said. It doesn't matter how un-interesting the topic is to me. If it's just low or far enough for me not to get what they are saying, I couldn't care less.
My problem is when I can understand the words, even if I don't understand the topic.
If it's just loud voices but I can't understand what they are saying (like in a mall's food court) I don't have a problem.
But if someone is talking normally 3 cubicles away and I can understand what they are saying, I'm doomed. It doesn't matter if they are talking about their dog's diarrhea, the latest discovery in Quantum's mechanics or what did Descartes really meant when he said "Cogito ergo sum".
When I already have a crystal clear idea of the code I'm writing I like silence to just hammer it out. If I'm in the zone but doing some design, working out kinks, or generally thinking about a problem I like a moderate amount of noise. I feel like it helps me have a clearer head and consider a wider range of options - not hyper focus on one solution. Similar to how ideas come to you when you aren't single-mindedly focused on them like when in the shower or restroom.
'The zone' really only happens when I'm not likely to get interrupted by emails, phone calls, texts, etc., so generally only early mornings or late afternoons after hours. Even then, it usually doesn't last long since family/friends think nothing of calling, usually to commiserate or complain about something. They obviously think I sit around playing games or hanging out in chat rooms on the internet all day!
...but to answer the question, progressive rock at a moderate volume. It's got to be something I'm familiar with or it gets distracting. There was a post in the lounge last week asking the same thing basically. I don't usually play music during working hours as it seems to have some weird cosmic effect of causing people to call...kinda like washing the car causes it to rain.
once I am in the zone I plug in my headphones and play music that I like but turned up enough to turn the outside world off completely.
I have tried noise cancelling headphones and just used silence but I found that still lead to me being easily interrupted by other thoughts. maybe there is some scientific study that explains why the music playing loud enough permits me to concentrate on other tasks more easily?
Now if I could just get some people to understand when the headphones are on and music is playing do not tap me on the shoulder or wave a hand near me.
Although I have the ability to tune out even loud conversations near me, I find that music and hiding behind my screens cuts me off from the world. I can't have my back to a walkway as I react each time someone walks behind me.
Some prefer music without words (instrumental) but I can listen to heavy metal or 80's pop equally well -- I tune out the voices -- I'm aware of them but don't "hear" them. But I will find myself tapping or bouncing to the music.
YouTube is less useful for this due to the interruptions. I've been using MusicBee as I can set a playlist and it will run for hours.
I like a little ambient noise in the background. I work from home, and in my office I like it silent. But I run the TV (usually a news channel such as CNN) in the living room as a bit of "ambient" noise. If it was absolutely quiet, then every little bird tweet, horn honk, etc. becomes a distraction. Having that bit of continuous sound helps to blend it all together, and I don't notice anything...
I voted (5 points !) - but the reality is that when I'm 'in the zone' I don't really notice the background. At least if no one assaults me. I don't notice time or hunger, either. I'm not alone in this.[^]
Now, it could be that certain horrors (such as rap, country, religious music) could distract and goad me into shouting obscenities - those hateful sounds fall into the class of assault.
The only drawback is the spike in adrenaline when someone abruptly snaps you out of your trance.
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"I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. " - Daniel Boone
it doesn't matter if people voices or lyrics of the songs.
I don't care about some sounds, and I like instrumental music in a low volume. But... No voices, please
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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Depends on... when I switch my brain to English Mode (which includes programming: One of the things that frustrates me is program code in (quasi)English with comments in another language. I can't understand comments even in my native language, Norwegian, when I am reading English source code. Switching brain mode back and forth for every line takes too much mental effort), I cannot listen to vocal music or vocal background sounds in English. Any other language is fine.
Similarly the other way around: If I am writing something in Norwegian, there may very well be English vocals in the background. Or German. Or Spanish. Or Hindi or whatever.
Somtimes, it is an advantage not having English as one's native language: We know that there are other languages. If you suggest to a USAnian to select vocal music in other languages than English, he might give you a quizzingly look: Other languages? Where do you find that? I never heard of any!
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