Using Headphones for Productivity

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Dearest Angela,

Headphones? I love it! Now maybe I can some work done around here!

Sincerely,
Sherry G (mother of 4, writer of not-enough)



Angela,

Enjoyed your bit about interruptions from the kids. Take it from me, it will never get better. I have a “kid” – age 42 – who lives downstairs. We both work at home, so learning not to interrupt has been an issue on both sides. I do a lot of transcription work; whenever I have my earphones on he stops dead in his tracks, but without them I am fair game. I must confess I tend to do the same to him, but I have learned to knock and, if he doesn’t answer, I know he doesn’t want to derail the train of thought. If I knock three times, he knows it’s urgent.

E.G.