One thing I’ve known about myself for a long time is this: I do most of my very best thinking when I’m wearing headphones.

Anyone who has ever worked in an office can tell you why immediately. It’s next to impossible to concentrate with all the standard office noises going on around you. Focusing your attention through your ears is vital in those moments. (And guess what? Science agrees!)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WORK FOR YOURSELF, THOUGH?

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Not gonna lie; it’s usually a whole lot quieter (unless you choose to work somewhere with public traffic, like a coffee shop or library).

For me personally, I’ve found that I like the sound of birds and insects and nature quite a lot. I love working with the windows open, just enjoying the soothing sounds of nature outside. (The perks of living on a relatively quiet street….)

But when loud things start happening (construction, road work, people mowing lawns, etc.), out come my trusty headphones.

HEADPHONES CAN SAVE YOUR FAMILY’S LIVES, TOO

So you choose not to work in a shared office space. That fact alone can do wonders for your concentration.

But if there’s one thing you need to realize quickly, it’s this: Even if you work from home, you can’t control everything in your environment.

Family members or roommates are gonna do what they’re gonna do. Your neighbors have busy (and sometimes noisy) lives, as well.

That’s when a good set of headphones and some music that keeps you happy and productive is absolutely essential.

Your assignment (should you choose to accept it): Figure out what sounds help you focus. Make a playlist if you have the time, or use someone else’s–either way is fine, as long as it works for you. Maybe there’s an internet radio station that works particularly well, or something on YouTube.

I like listening to Studio Ghibli piano compositions, myself. Here’s a good YouTube playlist:

What kind of headphone strategies do you use to keep yourself moving along during your day? Let me know in the comments!


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