In today’s busy lifestyle with the many distractions, I constantly find it hard to focus and concentrate on a task so like most developers I reach for my headphones and try to drown out the world around me with music. But sometimes I find music can itself become distracting and what I want is something else to drown out the world to let me focus.

Recently I discovered a fantastic app on the Mac called Noizio. Noizio is an app that has many different sound effects like thunderstorms, campfires, wind, water etc. that you can enable and mix together to create your own background noise effects.

Noizio : Sound Effects to Help Promote a State of Flow in Your Work
Noizio : Sound Effects to Help Promote a State of Flow in Your Work

The sounds that are mixed together are then played in your headphones and they create just enough distraction to block out the real world but is not distracting that you can’t concentrate. I love the fact you an create your own mixes in this application. I was recently on holiday in Lanzarote with my family, and I really miss being there, so I have created a nice mix in Noizio that has the sound of waves lapping at the shore with a little breeze and the crackle of a campfire on the beach. I have been using this recently and it has helped me get in the zone with work several times.

I also have another favorite mix that is the sound of rain, wind and a thunderstorm. There is just something about a thunderstorm that I find really relaxing which helps with my flow when trying to concentrate on tasks.

Noizio : Sound Effects to Help Promote a State of Flow in Your Work
Noizio : Sound Effects to Help Promote a State of Flow in Your Work

I use this app on my Mac laptop and it is available from the Mac App store as well as the 3r party app store called SetApp. Noizio is also available on IOS from the IOS App store. I don’t think there is an android version, but I am sure there is something similar for Android users on their platform.

If you are wanting a way to easily focus without being distracted then I highly recommend trying this app out, it has made a big difference to my productivity.

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