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While the internet allows us to do more than ever, all that potential productivity comes with a price: endless distraction. This video from the folks at Epipheo illustrates the kind of long-term effects the frenetic pace of the web can have on our minds.
Ambient noise can do a lot to help boost your creativity. The Rainy Cafe Machine is a simple little site that plays both the bustle of a cafe and the soothing sound of gradually increasing rainfall.
We’ve talked about how mild ambient noise can keep you motivated and productive, but finding the right sounds and the right amount of ambient noise to help you focus can be tricky. Soundrown can help. Instead of locking you into one type of sound, the web app lets you choose recordings that fit right into your flow.
Hard work may pay off, but there’s a big difference between tackling a difficult task and putting in a lot of hours. Cal Newport, assistant professor at Georgetown University, decided to look at the work habits of talented people and found that busier wasn’t better. In fact, it was much worse than limited, focused work.
Music can make work fly by faster and maybe even boost your productivity — but that all depends on the type of music you listen to. The folks at productivity music service Focus@Will advise us not to listen to music we love, but rather a genre we don’t typically listen to.