I could list a few things that help me stay focused throughout the day, but the most important one is ambiance. I work best when I have natural light coming in through my window. I like the room temperature to be more warm than cold. But overall, I absolutely need some sound. I am one of those people who cannot work in total silence. Most days, I either have the TV on, music streaming, or an audiobook playing—but all three can eventually become distracting when I switch from designing to writing.
If you’re like me and need some background noise while you work, you might want to try this neat little app called Noisli. I discovered it a while ago, and I just love their sound options. My favorite is their Coffee Shop, but I also like mixing a few different nature sounds together.
It has cool features, like the ability to save your mixes, a timer, and a distraction-free text editor. It’s the perfect solution when I need something to fill the silence while still letting me think.
I’m using their Free plan, but they offer Pro and Business plans with added features. If you decide to try it out, let me know which sounds you liked best!
(Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote this app. I am just someone who genuinely likes the service it provides.)