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How do you manage noise when working in public space?


by @littleshiva6yr  | 15 comments

Iโ€™m an introvert: people distract and exhaust me, and my ideal working environment would be an empty room and silence. Next best is what I have whenever Iโ€™m in my own environment: the space is never empty, but itโ€™s usually silent save for ambient noise. Working from public space involves dealing with noise levels that are, for me, entirely counterproductive. Right now Iโ€™m in a hotel lounge and was settling in to focus on a magazine layout job when all of a sudden they switched the music to something loud, upbeat and with lyrics. I put my earplugs in immediately, but I can still hear that crap, and my concentrationโ€™s shot. What do you all do to manage noise when working from public space, or what are your workarounds?

In my case right now, Iโ€™m here because I need several hours of electricity, not just the two hours max I could get at my off-grid location. My noise workaround is to come to town and recharge my laptop, then go back to the country to work, but for long amounts of time, thatโ€™s not an option for me (yet โ€” but Iโ€™m working on it).

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@simonl5yr

Depending what notebook you use, you could consider getting one or more battery and a docking station.

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Iโ€™m always using my in-ear monitors and listening to chill music. Sometimes Noizio instead.

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Oh, thanx, good to know!

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Hi LittleShiva,
I regularly work in crowded and noisy places (planes, trains, cafes, lounges) and always carry my noise-cancelling headphones. I recommend the QC series from Bose, any model between QC-15 and QC-35 will go, depending on your budget (QC-15: doesnโ€™t play sound when there are no batteries, QC-25: plays sound even without batteries, QC-35: adds wireless capabilities).
Bosesโ€™s noise cancelling technology is strong enough to even cancel engine noise when youโ€™re flyingโ€ฆ
Hope it helps,
E.

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I am quite as bad off as you in terms of being unable to work in public places - sometimes there are irritating noises, but I just put on my noise-cancelling headphones with some music and that solves it for me.

I am however completely unable to sleep at night without white noise, especially here in Asia where there is always some noise going on at night. I even have a small external speaker I hook up at night so I donโ€™t bust my poor phones built-on speaker over time.

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Ha! Youโ€™re right, itโ€™s not what Iโ€™m looking for, but funny โ€” thanx for sharing. What I really need to do is completely block out the radio at the hotel bar where I work, so whatโ€™s working for me right this minute is Noizio: deep space + sailing yacht + blue whales.

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I use https://www.ox.ac.uk/soundsofthebodleian/#radcam

Itโ€™s basically sounds from famous Oxford libraries. Might not be exactly what you are looking for, but might be worth a look :slight_smile:

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I love the Noizio interface, and deep space is good, yeah! Thanx for the tip.

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If you use OS X, I suggest Noizio to generate your favourite mixes of sounds (I love the Deep Space one). However, if you prefere a web tool, Noisli is my favourite.

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Oooh, I ended up using an app called White Noise Lite (app store, free). It has this killer feature called a mix pad where you can blend up to 5 of their canned sounds.

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Ha: I was offline all day yesterday because up in the country we had REAL heavy rain all day and all night, so I didnโ€™t have a connection and didnโ€™t want to drive into town on my scooter โ€” just waited it out. Thanx for the suggestion, Iโ€™ll check it out.

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Oooh, I hadnโ€™t thought of that! Which app do you recommend?

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I use the heavy rain setting on this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tmsoft.whitenoise.lite&hl=en

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what about listening to a white noise app? i can code while listening to music, but I canโ€™t read and retain so when I need to concentrate on reading in a loud area i put on white noise to drown everything else out.

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Yes, white noise is excellent.

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My fiancรฉe and I are most likely moving to NYC (maybe DC) in August, and as a technical startup co-founder I'd love to meet new people that are also into startups. Would joining a co-working space be worth the money to do this?

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I am planning to travel to Mexico City next weekend and stay for 7-10 days there. I wonder if cafes, stores and other places like these work? And if cafes work, do they work as usual or only for take away&delivery? Will be very thankful if someone can help here.

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Video chat coworking solutions?


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I am new to working out of coworking spaces. My business entails a lot of video conferences. I haven't chosen a specific coworking space yet but generally, what are the potential solutions for this? I have a microphone and headphones but still fell like it may be inconsiderate to take the calls anywhere in the coworking space. For a solo person, what are some general solutions? Are there usually options to rent a private room by the hour with just enough room to set up my microphone and laptop? Sidenote: any coworking space recommendations in Florianapolis, Brazil would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Best place for solo UK traveller for surf, sun & working between Oct and Dec??


in Tenerife, Spain by @leojb1yr 1 year ago | 0 comments

Hey Nomads, would love to know any thoughts here.

Top of the list are currently Tenerife, Lagos/Ericeira (Portugal) & Malta??

Would love to know if anyone can vouch for these at this time of year.

Beautiful beach would be the dream. Basically European Bali! I'm sure something many of us are searching for.

Thanks a million. Much love.

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How do you ensure that you have good WiFi for working whilst travelling e.g. in places like India?


in India by @davda15461yr 1 year ago | 4 comments

We are hoping to travel later this year and we will be working remotely - how do you ensure you get good WiFi in places such as in India where the signal isn't always great? Do you have any tips on where to go/ what equipment you have to get?

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Any attorneys working remotely?


by @rohitsn1yr 1 year ago | 3 comments

Transactional Attorney with a focus on US Immigration. Burnt out doing the law firm thing. Trying to leverage skill to get on this digital nomad tip. Love the traveling experience, hostels, seeing new places, new cocktails etc etc.

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Any nomads working on startups?

 

by @mattlock2yr 1 year ago | 33 comments

Hoping to see all the cool stuff people are working on while they live an extraordinary life.

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My interest in DN lifestyle started when half of our company have been taking 1 month for remote work @ Ko Samui. It was truly cool but we observed quite some communication challenges. Communication seemed just โ€œriskierโ€ when online.

What were your worst situations caused by misunderstanding while communicating online with your teammates? What do you do to avoid misunderstandings?

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Daily/hourly pass needed.
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What are the most comfortable and affordable coworking places in Amsterdam?


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What are the most comfortable and affordable coworking places in Amsterdam?
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Everything is in the title.

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in Malaysia by @newyam3yr 2 years ago | 0 comments

Heyo folks! The idea to open up an own coworking space in Malaysia has been on my mind for quite a while and I would like to reach out on foreigners being a business owner/co working space owner in Malaysia, there are a lot of questions that would follow up but most importantly is to reach out to someone with experience.

Ideally would be someone who runs a coworking space in Malaysia, second best would be to just come in touch with a foreign business owner in Malaysia.
Cheers
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by @nunoarruda3yr 2 years ago | 11 comments

Probably most of you do as I do, Google it first and then research further, if needed, on official transportation websites, travel guides, blogs, etc.

I travel each month to a new city and I find this task tedious, sometimes thereโ€™s not enough information in English or there might be a handy travel planning app or uber-like app that Iโ€™m not aware of.

I wish there were a โ€œnomad listโ€ website or app for transport information where you would choose a city and be given all the transportation options (Bus? Tram? Subway? etc), how/where to buy tickets/passes and any additional useful information (trip planner, apps, maps, etc).

Do any of you relate to this?

PS: Iโ€™m a developer and I might actually try and create something to โ€œfixโ€ this if a lot of people are experiencing this same โ€œannoyanceโ€.

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by @clusk3yr 3 years ago | 12 comments

For those constrained by their businessโ€™ time zone, how do you manage this?

My home office is in Los Angeles โ€“ though I could swing anything in Central/South America, Iโ€™m looking at going to Lisbon or Chiang Mai for a bit. Both of them are >=8hrs difference potentially wreaking havoc on the work + social life + sleep split. This is a common question for nomads but there doesnโ€™t seem to be a lot of posting on the site about it.

What do you guys think? Any Americans working in Asia or Europe that does it well? I could likely negotiate with my supervisor to work in Eastern standard if I was in Lisbon/Europe, which wouldnโ€™t be too much of a stretch. Noon 'til 8pm. A bit more manageable than Chiang Mai or Bali.

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in Budapest, Hungary by @dobredecatalin3yr 3 years ago | 3 comments

Hi there, I am planning to work remote from Budapest for about 3 weeks. I typically like to work from Starbucks so I wanted to find out which ones are the largest and better for working.

The ones that I found so far that seem a bit bigger are this ones:
goo.gl/maps/y9kFXwAc2NA2
goo.gl/maps/hUUg9ghtr8K2

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Where can I go for remote working while surrounded by nature (ocean waves, mountain, etc)


by @nish3yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

I have this dream scenario in my head, and Iโ€™ve searched for a while without figuring out how I might best achieve it. I donโ€™t need many places, just one or two that I can go back to over and over again. I want to be working on my laptop while being surrounded by nature; for example a place right on the ocean where I can hear the waves crashing and look up and see them, then look back down and go back to work (but it would have to be very close by to achieve this feeling, not a distant sea view).

In itself this might not be so hard but my total list of requirements makes it difficult:

  • Fast internet: at least 20Mbps down with ethernet connection possible.
  • Very close to emergency medical services: so not in the middle of nowhere, and ideally in/very close to a decent size town (I have some medical issues)
  • Not more than ยฃ70/night to stay
  • It doesnโ€™t have to be a residence: it can also be a coworking space that meets all these requirements, and I can stay somewhere else and work at this space

So far I thought of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: there seem to be some flats with a nice ocean view, although Iโ€™m not sure how close to the ocean they can get. And maybe also Valencia?

Anyway, Iโ€™m not sure if anybody else has had this kind of dream as well. But I would very much appreciate any tips for places I can check out :slight_smile:

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Coworking in Merida?


in Merida, Mexico by @jasoninbend3yr 3 years ago | 0 comments

Any recommendations for a coworking spot in Merida, MX? Iโ€™ll be staying in the Centro zone for most of July. Thanks in advance!

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by @vzablocky3yr 3 years ago | 3 comments

Iโ€™d like to invite nomad entrepreneurs in this topic to discuss what are the challenges you face in filing taxes, insurance and banking complications, while travelling and running your business remotely.

Please share your thoughts! I would be happy to help!

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Coworking spaces in Goa (India)


in India by @adrienbetweets3yr 3 years ago | 2 comments

Does anyone know of any decent coworking spaces in Goa (India) ?

Looks like a very fun place to live for a few months. I havenโ€™t been there myself yet but keep hearing very good things about it.

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