I do not know about you but I find it difficult to write in complete silence. I have many sources that I use but my favorite is Brain.fm. Every time I turn it on to the focus tune it feels like I am ready to work. I have timed myself with Toggle and I AM more productive while using this app. I usually turn it to the electronic music focus part and it has an infinity option which means you never have to worry about Brain.FM conking out while you are deep in the flow of creating. Nothing worse than being in the flow and your music stops. That completely ruins the experience.
I was completely and totally Deaf for about 5 years and it was horrible trying to write in complete and utter silence. Growing up I had worn hearing aids then I lost all my hearing. Nobody knows why. I knew I had a progressive hearing loss but I still wasn’t ready when I lost it all. I hesitated to get the Cochlear Implant because they have to do major surgery to get the thing in your head. I mean they drill into your skull. Then people I went to Gallaudet with started getting them and raving about them and well….. this is hard to admit because I am culturally Deaf also but I really really wanted to hear.About a year ago I took the leap to get Cochlear Implants. I got the Advanced Bionics version since all my friends were raving about it. Surgery was a pain. Literally. It was the worst pain of my life. The second surgery they gave me a lot of anesthesia and I woke up puking.But the pain subsided. At the activation, it sounded horrible but the more I wore it the better I got after a year I was like this is the best thing EVAR!!! I got my subscription to Spotify renewed and I was reading a blog (I forgot whose) and she was talking about Brain.FM so I signed up for the free trial and it changed my life! I loved it. Before I could listen to background music I really struggled with writing. Now, this is not to say ALL deaf people have this issue but I did. I mean I was that person in college blasting rave music at top volume while I wrote like a demon. So the years of NOT hearing really hindered me. Both personally and professionally. Two months ago I got a second implant and now I can talk on the phone and listen to music and hear ALL THE THINGS!!
What the heck is Brain Fm.?
Brain.fm is basically an app that plays music that has been designed to help you focus. The team at Brain.fm did research and put together music that was shown to help people focus. They explain the science behind it but really don’t understand all the science talk. All I know is it works. I set the music to infinity and I get deep into the flow of writing and I can write for hours with this playing in the background. In fact, that is what I have playing right now. The words are just flowing onto the page and it is near bliss. You have a choice of different music to help you focus. I tend to turn it to the electronic music as that is what helps me get in the flow.
Brain.fm boosts productivity and creativity
Studies have shown that if you are just a tiny bit distracted that your creativity and flow come together more easily. I mean who of us hasn’t used the old going to a coffee shop trick to get things done. I know I have. It was like the noise of the coffee shop helped me to really focus. I don’t know about you but I can’t afford to spend hours at a coffee shop every day. That is why I am glad I found Brain.fm. I can work from home in my PJs and listen to this and it does the same thing as the coffee shop does AND it saves my wallet.
What I also love is that I am able to stream it to my ComPilot and it goes straight into my implants and I can hear it above everything else. It does say on the website that it is best with headphones and I can attest to that. I tried it with speakers and was all like ugh. It sounds so much better with headphones.
Brain.Fm also has many of sounds to choose from. I only figured this out a couple of months ago but if you go to the explore page you will see a lot of sounds that they have. I switched it to electronic focus and for me, that is like the holy grail of concentration. It almost feels like I am back in college with dance music blasting but only this time it is through my complete and no neighbors are complaining.
Brain.Fm is a valuable asset in my writer’s toolbox
I feel that Brain.Fm is a valuable tool for anyone who is creative. I mean trying to write for ME without background noise is horrible. With Spotify, it is not always the same and plus if I know the words to a song then that is a HUGE distraction. I will end up having a mini dance party in my living room instead of writing. Nothing wrong wth a dance party. I may be introverted but I still LOVE parties of all kinds. But it doesn’t help get anything done. We all need something that will help us focus and background music helps me and I know a lot of other people that use background music to help them focus.
I am curious? Do you use Brain.fm or another service? I would love to know of other services that I may have missed. Tell me in the comments what you use to keep your focus when working. I would love to hear your suggestions to try out.
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