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Find Quiet (and Maybe Even Peace) at Work


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Properly design your home or workplace. 

Open office environments may have a number of benefits for collaboration, efficient space usage, and office culture. But due to noise levels and interruptions, they can negatively impact concentration. Similarly, air conditioners, heating units, and electronic devices are critical modern conveniences, but the background noise they create can hinder performance and health. Proper design offsets these impacts. As Cornell’s Lorraine Maxwell notes (PDF), if an office is going to be open, it should contain small, closed spaces available for periods of intense focus. And choosing the right carpeting, furniture, and even ceiling height at home or work can mute the impact of increased noise. The “architectural option” might seem extreme, but for organizations or individuals so motivated, it could work wonders.

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