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For those of you who spend a lot of time writng at work AND have open-air cubicle space, how do you deal with endless office noise and intrusions? This assumes you are like me: You need to have some level of quiet while you think and write. In the past month, I have been working my booty off to crank out the final drafts of about four plans. When I am in the office, 8 - 5 Monday through Friday, I find I am not that productive and I get irritable when I am interrupted while I write. Headphones with the Chemical Brothers don't always work. But when I come in on the week-ends to write, when no one is here, I am much more productive. Wow! What a difference! I have talked to our HR director about dealing with the office noise and getting work done, but essentially, I was told, in a very nice way, that I have to deal with it because everyone else does. My company doesn't have any private workstations in an office where I can close the door. Becuase I work at an enginerring firm, I am afraid the writing aspect of my work is quite unusual compared to the designers who use CAD all day long. I am an anomoly, in the minority, and will never be able to convice the company that a private work area would be a good thing for certain employees at certain times. Other than stabbing your eyes with sharp pencils, how do you write while there is so much background noise?