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I've tried listening to podcasts at work... can't do it, I can't pay attention to what's being said unless I stop working. I tried listening to them at the gym and it's the same thing - narrow focus of attention. If I'm doing something I like to be doing it well. But I do listen to music, I use music to affect me while I work, just as much as when I'm at ...


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Part of the answer, at least, is that some people just can't do it. I can't. I have exactly one verbal input/output stream and switching to a new source requires turning off the old one. If I'm listening to music and someone wants my attention, I have to mute the music. Someone comes in to talk to my officemate, I go get a drink of water and stretch my legs ...


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The stuff I listen to varies considerably, depending on my frame of mind and tasks at hand. I'm one of those people that can't listen to a podcast and do language-basesd work very well. I either find myself not typing or not listening. Music, meh, like you I can get bored with it. That being said, there's a lot of "sound" stuff that you can play with. ...


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The ability to multi-task differs from person to person, so its important for you to try alternatives and assess what works best for you and enhances in productivity. Listening to a podcast can shield you from external noises and contribute to your ability to concentrate. On the contrary, for a different person, it could well distract your attention if your ...


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I listen to podcasts while commuting and walking the dog. Absolutely, I think it is a way to use that time more productively. I suggest you use podcast time to broaden your interests a little. Not just coding discussion, but wider software engineering issues (http://www.se-radio.net), career management (http://www.manager-tools.com, select Career Tools ...



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