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I am easily distractable by noises and conversations. And judging from what I see around me at work, at coffee shops, the library and other places, I am not alone.
I have written before about using MP3 players to block noise, but in this age of smart phones, it is important to note that there are applications to help as well.
A good set of headphones is essential for blocking noise. I like the Skullcandy brand, because they sit in the ear, and if I really need to get blockage on the level of industrial earplugs, I can push them in to completely block out ambient noise. Their various sized tips make them a good fit for many ears, and they are lightweight and don’t slip out.
If I am just trying to block out the sound of a co-worker tapping his pencil on the desk while I am filing email or testing software, I will choose a podcast or rock. If I am trying to focus on the work and exclude other sounds, I will choose classical music, which blocks noise without distracting me from the task at hand. If I really need to concentrate and focus, I will turn on my Pink Noise track, which blocks ambient noise completely without patterns that can distract my thinking.
Since I upgraded to an iPod Touch, I have found other ways to help myself concentrate without music.
- Ambience. Ambient is a sound-machine type application which allows you to download sounds from their library. The sounds range from running water (which I am listening to as I write this), bird song, static, waves and other environmental recordings.
- Koi Pond. I bought this application because the goldfish were adorable, and they change during the holiday season. But along with the graphics is a really nice soundtrack that can be adjusted to add bird, rain and insects to the water sounds.
- iChakra. I bought this application because I love the sound of Tibetan singing bowls. What also came with it is a chant segment that is amazingly calming. I use this if I am trying to concentrate and my stress level is up.
Do you have a favorite type of music or application to block noise? Share below.
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