I can’t write program code in a Panera.
At least I can’t write it with the same efficiency that I can write 1700 words of a novel. It’s not that the environment is distracting, if anything it’s less so with the new headphones I’m using. It just isn’t the right place to think logically about a problem, research and debug code.
How much does environment factor into what we do?
I’ve talked before about my usual haunts, the places where I like to revise and write. My netbook offers the same flexibility for programming, I can write code anywhere I want. And yet, it just doesn’t “feel” right, I’m not having the same insights, making the same associations I would in my home office.
I believe in different places for different activities. I’m not a fan of my commute, but I do like that my work universe is fairly separate from my home universe. I’ve tried to write creatively at work and have found it to be a little stifling, either from distractions or just how it feels to write at this desk instead of my own. Weirdly enough the blog feels natural here, and unnatural at home, but again that might be because I first started writing the blog on my lunch break. There is a conscious or unconscious association in my head that this place and this time are the correct places to write a blog post.
The upside of all this is that while I work more heavily on program code I will be spending more time at home, which is never a bad thing. Maybe I will find other places where programming feels comfortable, but for the time being there’s no place like 127.0.0.1.
Does where you are affect what you are able to create (writing, art, programming)? How about music/white noise/silence?