5. Headphones

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The continued popularity of open-plan offices has the unwanted side effect of making it difficult to concentrate (note that management invariably have their own, separate office). A good pair of headphones can make your work day much more productive by shutting out all the noise and distractions around you. A cheap pair of ear buds won't cut it. In fact, your neighbors will be put off their own work as they'll be able to hear your music. Do choose your music carefully, and ensure that you pick a genre that won't distract you even more from your work. If you're not allowed to listen to music while you work, a pair of noise-cancelling headphones could be the answer to shutting out background noise.

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