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Old 10-01-17, 04:53 AM
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Dealing with distractions

Any tips on dealing with distractions???

I'm a server and we use headsets at work to communicate.

When I start greeting a table and hear something in the headset I get TOTALLY distracted (just an example)

We can take them off to talk to tables but I never remember to. I do take it off when I hear something but it's too late. The noise has my mind comeltetly blank.

I've only been here a week so I'm sure I'll adjust and get better.

I was just wanting some tips on how to ignore sounds that don't matter.
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Re: Dealing with distractions

I wish I had some ideas. It would be hard for me too. Can you pull it down around your neck?
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can you mute them, without taking them off?
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Rip those suckers off and lose them. Permanently.
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Re: Dealing with distractions

That sounds terrible. The best thing I can think of is to make it a habit. I rely a lot on muscle memory, even though it still fails me sometimes. If you are working during a slow time, try to be mindful to take it off every time you approach a table. Maybe even practice walking up to empty tables and taking off the headset. Try to condition yourself to having it feel weird to be at a table with it on.
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Re: Dealing with distractions

Wow, that does sound distracting. I was a server for a year and a half while I was getting my master's degree, but it was a buffet restaurant, so I didn't take orders. And we didn't have headsets. I don't think I could handle taking orders, I would mess them up constantly.

I live across from a primary school, but I have to study at home a lot. The noise of the kids was distracting at first, but then it became normal. Besides, I often hyperfocus when I'm studying something interesting, so I don't even notice the other noises. But that method won't work so well if you are a server and have to concentrate on several things at once. Do you have to listen to what is being said? I just wonder if you could just wear a microphone and not have to have the distracting headphones. Then you could just speak the orders when you need to, but not have to listen. But the restaurant probably has their system and might not be willing to adjust it for you. :-(
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Re: Dealing with distractions

I often speak with my sweetie when she is using a bluetooth earpiece.

Off of meds, the background sounds feel like my ear is being assaulted, and it just shatters my state of mind when there is loud and/or pokey sounds of the city.

On meds, I don’t even notice them. Seriously, I talked to her yesterday, and she asked me about it, and I hadn’t even thought about the sounds once during the call. It was of no consequence.


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Can you at least joke with the other servers and use a darth vader voice?
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Re: Dealing with distractions

Which type of restaurant do you work at, if you don't mind me asking?

I've never seen or even heard about this before!

I used to work as a waitress, and the job is hard enough for us ADD'ers *without* having to wear a headset and deal with additional distractions...

This seems like a managerial issue more than anything. I've never heard of headsets being a requirement to run a restaurant!
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