I recently had a day off – by ‘off’ I mean no fixed appointments.

I decided to work from home – but I found I got little done.

I found the peace and quiet, the lack of telephone noise, the absence of colleague chatter quite disconcerting. 

Is it because I need those things to remind me I am ‘at work’?  Or do they, in some more meaningful way, change the ‘atmosphere’.

Is it like teenagers who prefer to ‘study’ to the sound of loud music.  Do such obvious ‘distractions’ blot out real distractions and help us focus?