Too restless for silence? On the hunt for the perfect mood music for writing, programming or whatever you do at work? Having ambient noise can help you focus and stay productive.
A published paper “Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition,” in the Journal of Consumer Research, found that a moderate level of ambient noise actually does boost creativity for most people.
Welcome to Coffitivity!
If you work from home (or in a particularly unfriendly office), Coffitivity masterfully re-creates the sensation of being in a cheery coffee shop. The concept is simple: this site endlessly loops the white noise of people indiscernibly chatting and cups clanking at 40% volume, while you set your own background music at 60% volume. The result is a perfect mix of environmental stimuli that keeps you focused and productive. Their coffee shop sounds are supported by science and backed by a community of creative people using the app every day. Coffitivity is the perfect addition to your workday arsenal!
According to a peer-reviewed study out of the University of Chicago, “A moderate level of ambient noise is conducive to creative cognition.” In a nutshell, this means being a tiny bit distracted helps you be more creative. This is why those AHA moments happen when we’re brushing our teeth, taking a shower, or mowing the lawn! If we’re not focused too much at a task at hand, we come up with awesome stuff.
In the coffee shop, the chatter and clatter actually distracts us a tiny bit and allows our creative juices to start flowing. It sounds crazy, but it works!
I’ve been using it at work for a few years now and I love it! My favorite is Morning Murmur. Just enough ambient noise and sounds like I’m in my favorite coffee shop.
I have it running as a desktop application, but you can download Coffitivity for your Apple iOS device or visit their website and listen there. Coffitivity is FREE (they do offer additional premium sounds).
So, plug your headphones in and get creative and productive! Try it out today!