We all get into that anti-productive slump sometimes. Checking Facebook and Reddit nonstop. Searching for the right playlists on Spotify. Talking to every coworker that walks by. It can be really hard to filter all of that out and actually get into the zone. Some people, I would imagine, might never even reach the Zone on an average day. We live in a time where there is unlimited entertainment and distraction at our fingertips. Like this blog, for instance :)
So how on Earth do we close our eyes to this influx of data and actually be productive? I'm going to share three digital tools that I have been using to cut the distraction once and for all.
This inexpensive program has changed the way I write. It's a distraction-free writing application that blocks out all your other programs. It launches in full screen and has a pleasant background (of which you can choose between about 8 images) and background music (which you can also change). When you start typing, all of the interface disappears, leaving you with just your words. Each key that you press plays a subtle little tick (which you can also choose between about 8 different sounds). Once you've finished typing, you can save the file in many different text formats.
Noisli is white noise taken to the next level. On the homepage are 16 different ambient sounds. Rain. Wind. Birds. Water running. A box fan. Train tracks. Coffee shop murmurs. And more. Each sound has adjustable volume, so you can build hundreds of different environments to place yourself in. This website is especially useful for when the office environment gets loud and you need to block out sound.
You can use Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, or anything in between. If you're on Spotify, this playlist is great for stimulating without distracting. Because classical music is only instrumental, there are no lyrics to pull your mind from your mind. In addition, this genre of music is a lot more complex and sophisticated than most modern music produced today, thus stimulating different parts of the brain.
With all three of these programs running together, you'll have a clean canvas to write on, natural sounds to fill the quiet space, and classical music to keep you attentive and inspired. I use this trio when writing most of my blog posts. Try it out!