Welcome to the new Clients First Business Solutions tech tips and tricks series, focused on the best ways to work from home.
Obviously, these tips are very appropriate right now during the Covid-19/Corona Virus outbreak; however, we predict the popularity of working from home will increase long term as workers and companies realize they can save money and increase efficiency due to reduced office space, lower utility costs, decreased commuting time, and improved morale. All this while maintaining, or even increasing, productivity.
Our first remote working tip centers on the topic of maintaining focus and concentration while working at home.
Like many, you might be working at home alongside a spouse, as well as children. Some of you may have the luxury of a large home with separate rooms for all to work and play, others perhaps in high density housing in an urban environment. If you have a quiet place to work, with minimal disruption, then today’s tip may not be for you.
However, if you have background noise from other family members, or even outside noise like horns, trains, or your neighbor’s leaf blowers after they decide now is the time for deferred yard maintenance, or if you just find it hard to concentrate…we have the solution.
www.brain.fm is a website and mobile app designed to give you sounds you can listen to that will block outside noise and are scientifically proven to increase concentration.
Touted as “functional music to improve focus in 15 minutes,” Brain.fm has dozens of soundtracks for different purposes, including meditation, reading, and creative work. The one most appropriate for working at home is the theme labeled “Focus.”
And as an extra trip from a team that used this helpful tool, it’s significantly more effective if you have a headset versus external speakers. The scientifically designed stereo separation helps put your brain into a mode that maximizes your focus and concentration.
Brain.fm holds multiple patents for creating functional music, including technology for what they call ‘strong neural phase-locking.’ This means allowing populations of neurons to engage in various kinds of coordinated activity and, at the same time, remove distractions in sound.
For those of you who find it hard to concentrate with music playing, the experience with these specialized soundtracks is astounding. You will find yourself not even noticing the sound and piling through your work at record speed and efficiency. Studies show that even if you listen for just 15 minutes, the concentration effect can last for hours. It has also proved to be effective for those with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD), which is more common than you would imagine.
This tip goes beyond working at home. If you work in a noisy office, or expect to return to one, for which ‘open workspaces’ are becoming more and more common – this technology will be a game-changer.
The site has a free trial with no obligation. If you want to try it for longer, use code:
The referral link will provide you with a one-month free trial. Feel free to share the above code with friends and co-workers who struggle with the same issues.
And no, we have absolutely no affiliation with Brain.fm and no horse in their race. Clients First is simply committed to helping our customers, and our community, succeed during this uncertain and transforming time for how we all execute business and equip our teams.
Productivity for all!