The door swings open and a small, tinkling bell indicates the entrance of new customer. Heads turn left and right, people chatter, hands are hastily ticking away at laptops. You sense that a cappuccino is being made, a French vanilla at that as you hear the steam from the espresso machine and a faint waft of vanilla floats across the tip of your noise. You breathe in heavily and resume your work while enjoying the ambient sounds of a buzzing, yet somehow peaceful and serene environment of a coffee shop. This is one of the perks of Coffitivity.
Thanks to this helpful ambient noise app, you can easily enjoy a coffee at your own desk and experience the ambience of a bustling, coffee shop. Created as a tool to help spark others' creativity by its team, there is some science behind the benefits for an ambient noise generator like Coffitivity. A study has suggested that just the right amount of ambient noise can help boost creativity rather than breaking it. This, of course, might mean music without lyrics or a catchy rhythm, but more-so noise that is not very distracting.
I think we might all be able to attest to trying to listen to music with lyrics that actually caused us to lose focus rather than gain it, and actually lowered our productivity as a result. Maybe we felt happier by the end of the song, but there was still work to be done and in some cases more than what needed to be.
In my personal experiences with the app, I was able to chug my way through some tasks while even averting my attention from a noisy environment. Additionally, keeping a digital to-do list with Google Keep is just as helpful when I'm able to check off my tasks one at a time. Here are several scenarios in which you could try this app (available for Android, iOS, and on your computer):
1. Brainstorming Ideas for a Blog Post
When you can't seem to come up with ideas on your own and need some inspiration via Google Trends, a Twitter search, online magazine articles, BuzzSumo, or various other sources of information, using Coffitivity is great to have that low hum there as you find pieces of information and begin listing your ideas.
2. Compiling Information Into a Spreadsheet
When copying and pasting information has become a mundane task, add in some of the hum and murmur of this app to keep you motivated and going. You might find this app particularly helpful for tasks that require minimal thought creation and repetition so that you're not almost completely in tune with your hand movements hitting the shortcut buttons for "Copy" and "Paste". Make the time seem to fly with some background noise.
3. Designing a Graphic
And lastly for putting together an engaging graphic for your audience, get your creative juices going as you take your time with selecting layouts, going through a long list of stock images, and finding the right words to make your design stand out and effective.
Yet like Coffitivity, there are a number of other various background noise apps to try like Noisli, HipsterSound, and Ambiance. You may also be able to mix and create your own custom environment through various sounds. Before we sign off for today, here's one thought that came to my mind: it's funny how the sounds of a cafe with people, dishes being shuffled, items being placed down and moved around helps us to be more creative and productive.
It reminds me of sounds you might find in a kitchen around or after dinnertime - sounds of home that create a calm, and soothing environment that welcomes you to be who you are where you are. Sounds that allow you to open up, be yourself, and join in - much like finding your favorite spot in a coffee shop, opening your laptop, sipping your coffee, and diving right in to the conversation and buzz all the while taking care of whatever task you find at hand.
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Until next time, happy listening!