Try this: Get more productive with free background noise

According to the University of Chicago “A moderate level of ambient noise is conducive to creative cognition.” If you are one of those people who either need to drown out a noisy work environment with calming sounds or find a dead quiet office distracting, the good news is that there are free services on the web which can fill your need with varied and customizable soundscapes at the click of the mouse.

Above is the user interface for Noisli, which lets you mix and match the sounds of thunder, rain, flowing water, the wind and more and create the perfect naturescape for both relaxation and productivity. Noisli also offers apps and a distraction-free scratch pad for incubating your next great idea.

If you prefer more urban sounds, Coffitivity offers authentic recordings from a variety of coffee shops around the world, making you feel like you are in a cafe in Paris even when stuck at home.

Try out Noisli (which is also available in app form) here, and Coffitivity here.

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