I can’t! If I am trying to read, write something, or do anything that takes any amount of brain power, I really need to be able to hear myself think. I always thought I could do it, but I can’t.
I remember one time in college, the dreaded day was approaching. I needed all my brain power so that I could write my fifty-page senior thesis that was due in one week. Of course like any good senior, I hadn’t read one book or typed a single word of my thesis, so I loaded up a mountain of books and laptop and headed to Starbucks.
In leaving campus, I hoped that I would escape the temptation to hang out with friends, avoid the always enticing internet, and not be distracted by all the fun activities a college campus can present.
After ordering a highly caffeinated drink, I flipped open a book and began to read when all of a sudden one of the Starbucks workers decided they wanted to listen to music very loudly. Imagine someone playing a trumpet right into your ear while you are trying to read tough material. Imagine someone taking giant cymbals and smashing them together right in front of your face. As this music was raging through the air, I began to feel panicky. I knew I should be concentrating and for Pete’s sake writing something down, but I just couldn’t think.
What’s your experience? Can you get work done while listening to music?