Have you ever tried to do work in a completely silent room? Not only is it nearly impossible, but it also makes me feel like I am doing something wrong. The headline might seem counterintuitive, but it really does work. Background noise is a friend to those looking to concentrate.
Music is usually my go-to when I am trying to get a bunch of work done and want to be super productive. It's kind of like a poor man's Adderall. But many people, myself included, can become distracted by lyrics, especially when listening to a song they know well. Sometimes I find myself actually typing words from the song I'm listening to instead of working.
Yesterday, I stumbled upon a site called Coffitivity that can help you find the best of both worlds. The site creates a bunch of sounds to play in the background to help create a more productive studying environment. It basically makes it sound like you're sitting in a coffee shop.
All you have to do is go to the site and the ambient sounds will begin to play. You can lower the volume and listen to your music as well, if the background sounds alone don't do the trick.
Try it out for yourself and see how much work you can get done. Got another suggestion for sounds or music to help you concentrate? Let us know in the comments below.