March 16, 2020
From: Reddit AMA
How do you avoid distractions in your home?
Right now I’m sitting in my home office and there’s nothing really to distract me here 🙂
Realistically … I work on long projects where I seem to remain focused for a decade or more … but locally I can be quite distractible. Like I just glanced over at my email even as I’m writing this. But I seem to have learned to always come back to the task after at most a short time away.
I know some people do things like listening to music while they work. I can’t do that; I prefer complete silence, so I can focus as much as possible on what I’m doing. (The one exception is when I’m doing a task that is quite reflexive for me, but also quite boring … and then I’ll sometimes listen to rousing music to “encourage” me …. though I pause it as soon as I have to think at all hard.)