Watching the Social Network Lets Me Focus on Work
I love working to some kind of (controlable) background noise. Something I can mostly ignore while working, but that I can focus on when loosing my train of thought. Mostly I use music but lately I have found that (some) movies helps me as well.
Ok, so first of all - I don’t know. But I have some ideas.
Having a movie on one screen and work on the other is a little like having music running - except you now cover (up to) two senses. The most important part is not having a movie running that you have to look at all the time - and preferably one with a good soundtrack.
Watching a movie you have seen multiple times allows you to mostly ignore the movie, but let your subconcious follow along. This means when you are stuck working - you can look at the movie for a couple of minutes - instead of going to facebook, hackernews or reddit. Going to websites for a short procrastination usually means spending too much time there. Looking at a movie you have seen dozens of times allows you to quickly move back to working when you have cleared your head.
First of all I have seen it many times. But for some reason seeing a movie about people writing code and getting success because of that seems motivating in and of itself to me.
I have used the soundtrack to the movie as background noise for work many times over last couple of years - so it’s familiarity to my work situation keeps my brain in “work mode” instead of “binge watching old movie” mode…
Soundtracks and classical music is always a good choice for me. But so is trance music, and metal I have heard many times.
I don’t know any other movies that work as good as social network… Maybe when I at some point feel like rewatching s1 of Mr Robot - that might work as well… But most movies about writing code are either documentaries or very bad movies. Neither works for me…