During the summer, I have an office outside of my home. It's at a coffee shop. A very cool coffee shop.
Here's their website...check 'em out.
Some people can't concentrate on their work (writing, creating, designing) when it's noisy and they're surrounded by activity. Sometimes I feel that way. In the midst of the conversations, music, and sounds of steamers pumping out latte's, I can get distracted.
But I've discovered how to quiet my surroundings. And it's not by putting my finger up to my mouth and saying, "Shhh!" to everyone.
Okay...that just made me laugh thinking about actually doing that.
I have replaced the noise of the coffee shop with a different kind of noise...white noise.
When I looked up what "white noise" is on Wikipedia...they showed me that white noise is part of a random formula that looks like this...
- Does anyone understand that?
Basically, white noise helps to tune out all of the other noises that are around you in your environment. It's why the Bose headphones are so popular and it's why I love to sleep at night with the fan on.
So I've been working at my office...the coffee shop, remember?!...with my headphones on and some white noise playing. It's been remarkable and I've found that I'm much more productive and not as easily distracted.
Here's a few online sites that have provided some noise in my life...
SimplyNoise.com - This site specializes in two sounds: white noise and pink noise.
I Dose - This site has a lot of different white noise compilations that provide various effects from relaxation, to stimulus, to creativity, to pain killers.
SoundSleeping.com - This site lets you select various sounds and has an equalizer for you to adjust volumes. You create your own white noise mix!
Hope you find these online resources useful to create your own distraction free workspace. Some of these sites even let you download their white noise so that you can play it when you're not online.
Can you recommend another site? What benefit have you found in having some white noise going on in the background?