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Dealing with the TV

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Growing up in an Italian-American household, I used to crave quiet. I vividly remember sitting at the kitchen table trying to do my homework and wishing everyone would just shut-up! Now my apartment is too quiet. I often start to spook myself without the presence of some background noise. The problem is that I've been filling the noise void with television marathons and movies which inevitawbly distract me from whatever I'm supposed to be doing (like blogging).

I'm entering three months of Hell, also known as finish your research and write you thesis because your funding is running out. In order to do this I need to not be distracted by NCIS or Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives reruns. I'm trying to get as much work done in the office as I can but sometimes things follow you home, not mention that pesky housework thing. Unfortunately the silence still drives me up a wall.

Here's the plan. I cleared the kitchen table so there's a clear area that I can put my work that's not directly in front of the television. I'm also taking advantage of iTunes deleting all of my previous playlists and actually looking through my music to put something new together for background noise. I still want to see the new episodes of How I Met Your Mother and NCIS but "moderation" is the word of 2013 so I think that's allowed.

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    I have the same issue with putting on shows for background noise and then I keep putting off any work that requires my full attention. I can do all the multitasking stuff easily with Triple D playing in the background but not certain types of assignments. I try to gradually ease myself into that type of work by muting the commercials and working on it during the commercials, until I get sucked in enough to my work that the TV stays muted...
    1934 days ago
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