Working from Home does present some challenges and one of the main ones, is not to be disturbed. Sounds simple to solve right?
Think back to when you where in the office last, what did you do not to be disturbed? well probably not allot, it could be a constant stream of interruptions throughout the day or you just settled and zoned out the background ambient noise of people chatter. So why do we get so worked up in our homes when the 2 or 3 people we share the house with seem to disturb us?
It probably has something to do with control, we know we cannot control the office environment, after all they hired us, but at home its a different kettle of fish. We know to be productive and to work at your best, we need to stop multi tasking and not be disturbed at critical points during our working day. This got us thinking, just how do you create effective Do Not Disturb solutions for your working from home environment?
We stopped a bunch of people in the street and ran a short survey, which captured some obvious and not so obvious results, here is what came up
Market Research: The Do Not Disturb Street Survey – 10 people asked
- If you have a home office definitely close the door, hang a sign and create a house rule that door closed is office time, no loud sounds
- I ban people in the house coming upstairs, end of
- I live alone in a flat, I wish someone did disturb me once in a while – gets boring.
- Wear headphones, if I am on a call I shout out ‘I am on a call’
- Built a shed in the garden and used that as the home office in the end, too many times using phones was a problem, especially school holidays
- You need to get Day care for kids, you think it works but it never does, especially if more than 2
- Ear Plugs
- Generally I concentrate too much, it does not bother me that much, if I am on a zoom call then I let everyone know
- Only thing that concerns me is having an open mic or worse open cam, background noise I can deal with
- Having people in the house keeps me awake, if it gets to you too much, maybe get another job
Controlling the disturbance in your environment
Largely depends on the age of the occupants in the house, the lower the age the bigger the challenge. There are two options, either you cut their noise down by way of Head phones, ear plugs, white noise in the room, closed door and or sound proofing in your home office or they are asked kindly not make noise significant noise, good luck with that. Using a bit of tech it is possible to provide a visible signal that you are on air at least. That tends to do the trick as it plays on peoples inbuilt fear of going public, unless that is you are living with souls who are performing artists. For this to be effective it really has to be quite sporadic, not light on at 9 am and light off at 6pm. After all why should your right for peace trump their right for living.
Tech Solutions for Cutting down Noise Disturbance
Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones with Mic, 30 Hours Battery Life, Quick Charge, Gesture Control, Ambient Sound Mode, with Alexa Built-in – Black
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 — Over Ear, Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Built-In Microphone for Clear Calls & Alexa Voice Control, Black
Neutron Soft Foam Ear Plugs with Eye Mask & Travel Case – Noise Cancelling 38dB SNR – Best for Sleeping, Travel, Concerts, Studying, Work, Loud Noise, Snoring – 60 Pairs – Green
Donner 50-Pack Acoustic Foam Panels Tiles Wedge, Soundproofing Foam Noise Cancelling Foam for Studios, Recording Studios, Offices, Home Studios (1″ x 12″ x 12″, 50-Pack)
What is White Noise?
White noise is more than just recordings of ocean waves and rain sounds. White noise is a collection of sounds that has the same intensity through the audible range, creating a uniform sound perfect for masking loud disruptions. In other words, white noise “smooths” out your audible environment for sleeping, studying, focusing, and more! While we call it “white noise” because that’s the most commonly used industry term, our sound machines are actually creating pink noise.
Tech Solutions for a Do Not Disturb Sign
Do Not Disturb Smart Homes
I f you want a winter hobby, let me throw a few ideas down, Philips Hue smart bulbs (see Above) operate on the smart home ZIGBEE network. They are more than just a networked light. with the app on your phone you can programme each bulb to come on and off and be virtually any colour on the spectrum. Like a normal bulbs I hear you cry, well yes and no. If you set yourself an account with IFTTT which stands for If Then This Then That, connect your Philips Hue, to it write a very simple bit of code, you can then do some really smart things with your Philips bulb
- Light flashes when import email drops in your mail box
- Turns red when meeting appointment is due or when you are on a call
- Below freezing outside makes the light turn blue.
Endless, but what a perfect Do not Disturb project? If you have great Do Not Disturb Ideas would like to hear from you drop the comment below