Last week I discovered a program called Resonance. It’s a program that generates ambient sound designed to help you relax or concentrate, depending on what you need to do.
While I’m sure there’s other styled programmes around, Resonance has an advantage of being free. (This is good, because there are aspects of the interface that suck a little.)
I’ve been using it now for the last week, sometimes 6+ hours during the workday, and I’ve found it a fantastic tool for keeping focus. Having grown up in a fairly noisy household, I tend to struggle with complete silence, but equally I can find that regular music, if it’s not exactly what I need to listen to, can be more distracting than useful during the day.
So far, Resonance hasn’t had that effect on me. If you want to try it out, my favourite preset is “Full Moon in Cave”. That just seems to work really nicely for me.