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I work in an office area of ~450sqft. There are a total of 7 people working in the office. I've been finding it hard to concentrate on my work (writing code) because of the distractions going on around me. The distractions are both work-related and non-work-related conversations.

I'm trying to figure out what to do in this situation. I want to be part of the team, and I want to get my work done to the best of my ability. I can easily think of two options that I don't like:

  • Stay where I am, not be able to concentrate and get less work done
  • Move somewhere else. (This is tough because I code on a desktop, so I'm not very mobile.)

But what are other options? I'm going to talk this through with my team in the next couple days. Any advice or solutions would be great.

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marked as duplicate by gnat, ChrisF Jun 27 '13 at 7:59

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Have you tried noise canceling headphones? –  user95042 Jun 27 '13 at 4:48
Those don't seem like duplicates of this question –  three-cups Jun 27 '13 at 15:41

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A common thing I have seen is headphones. They allow you to drown out any other noises and can be an effective signal that you don't wish to be disturbed. The latter is obviously dependant on your co workers of course.

If you have conference rooms you can also encourage people to converse in them rather than having their conversations near their desks.

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Headphone are great and I do wear them. But I don't like to have my music at a level that drowns out conversations (simply because I don't like to listen to my music loud). –  three-cups Jun 27 '13 at 4:13
We do have a conference space, but I'm not sure if it'd really work here because most of the conversations are short and impromptu. –  three-cups Jun 27 '13 at 4:15

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