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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