Along with pretty much everyone else in the world, my job drives me bonkers. Just totally nutso. Sometimes, the people are psychopaths. Sometimes, the work is overwhelming. Sometimes, the average work day somehow lasts about a year. Some days are good; but some days are positively maddening. You know what I’ve come to rely on for those extra “if that phone rings one more time I’m smashing it through a window” kinda days? Audiobooks. One of my office mates gave me access to her Audible.com account and was generous enough to download The Hobbit for me. Let me tell you, this totally skyrocketed her to first place in my list of likable coworkers; but in addition to that, it gave me a productive way to distract myself from the many commotions in my office.
Every now and then, the big-wigs come to town and spend the day in the office and we are all asked to refrain from wearing headphones on those days. I have noticed a startling decrease in my concentration and, thereby, my productivity on these “no headphones,” “every man for himself” days. Since I started with The Hobbit, a book I had already read innumerable times, I was able to do my work while listening to a book I love yet don’t necessarily feel compelled to pay attention to it. To me, it’s the same as listening to music while working; it drowns out the conversations across the hall, the phone on my officemate’s desk, the hum of the printer, and other background noise and allows me to focus on the task at hand.
I share a medium-sized office space with three people. That makes 4 phones ringing constantly, a printer that rarely is inactive, high echo-y ceilings, and conference calls that seemingly MUST be on speakerphone. I love my office mates, luckily, so I’m not afraid to tell you that Bilbo Baggins may have very well saved their lives a couple of times. The Audiobooks keep me from hearing every impertinent peep, keep me from asking them to keep it down, keep me from breaking a piece of the printer just to get it to stop running for just a minute, keep me from “tripping” and falling right onto the mute button on my boss’s conference call, and keep me from “accidentally” dropping his cell phone (with the maddening cricket-chirping ringer sound) into his coffee cup.
Audiobooks save lives, people!
Anyone have any thoughts? I know a lot of people consider it difficult to listen to a book because they feel like it is even more distracting than background noise. All thoughts and comments are welcome and, as always, keep reading! Or listening…