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If you do creative work that requires prolonged periods of concentration, it can help to have background noise that blocks out the distractions. Today, through some conversations with friends, I found three different services that you might find helpful:

  1. Coffitivity plays coffee shop background noise to help kickstart your creativity. Personally, I think it works best when accompanied by a steaming cup of fresh coffee. I’m not sure if it’s the coffee or the noise that helps.
  2. Rainy Mood helps you concentrate with the gentle sounds of rainfall and optional background music.
  3. Simply Noise offers a selection of background noise: white noise, pink noise, and brown noise. It also offers Simply Rain, a site that allows you to configure the intensity and variability of your own rainstorm.

If you need help focusing, these services just might do the trick. Try them and let me know what you think.

Do you use these or other services to block out background noise and help you focus? If so, leave a comment and share your favorite.

* Featured Image: Coffee Shop Near Times Square by NEO_II. Used by attribution.