These days, when it comes to the modern workplace, focus has become a scarce commodity. From relentless emails, office dogs, non-stop client meetings to an endless barrage of viral videos on your newsfeed, there’s no shortage of things to steal your attention besides actual work.
Thankfully, there’s an entire market of tools designed to help you find your zen amongst a constant draw of distractions.
If you feel like your concentration could do with a pick-me-up, here’s our handpicked selection of tools to help boost your focus and keep your mind in the zone.
1) Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Noise-cancelling headphones were developed for use by airline pilots more than 20 years ago to help buffer low-frequency jet rumbles. Nowadays, you’ll find them strewn across desks in open plan offices around the world for their ability to quiet the high-frequency sounds of speech and everyday office activity. If you’ve got a pending deadline or a list of to-dos a mile long, noise-cancelling headphones will ensure nothing comes between you and getting your job done. Check out companies like Bose and B&O to find a pair that suit you.
2) Music streaming services for improved focus
Focus@Will is a neuroscience-based music streaming service that uses phase sequenced instrumental music to boost your awareness and attentiveness up to 400% while you work and study. And, according to research, it actually achieves what it claims to do. The app offers more than 50 music channels specifically curated to target and pacify a part of your brain that’s usually pre-occupied with distractions, enabling the mind to relax and focus on the task at hand.
Then, of course, there’s Spotify. Open a Premium account to get access to Focus playlists: guaranteed to bring a little Zen to a chaotic disposition. There’s a playlist designed for every type of focus style, whether you’re studying, reading, writing or sketching. In fact, the Nature Sounds playlist has been the soundtrack to this blog article creation. But some of reMarkable HQ’s crowd-favorites include the Deep Focus playlist for its calm, atmospheric tones that keep the chatty mind at bay, the Electronic Concentration playlist perfect for when a deadline is looming and the Calm Classics playlist for the easiest way to shake off nervous energy during a fast-paced day.