I’m always impressed when I walk through a chaotic airport and see someone diligently working on their laptop. Why? I need peace and quiet to be creative or think strategically. If there’s music on, I find myself drifting off or taking a trip down memory lane. My daughter is just the opposite. She becomes Walter Mitty when it’s too quiet, and loud music keeps her on task. As she said, “The quiet takes me away and the music makes me stay.” Being aware allows us to set ourselves up to succeed. For me that means having a clean workspace, only checking e-mails at pre-planned times (sound off!), and reciting the mantra “Back to Work!” when I feel myself stray. What works for you? Do you need to turn off your cell phone in order to turn on your creativity?
The Sound of Silence
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