Multi-Taskers, Rejoice: This App Promises to Improve Your Productivity
You’ve got a lot to do. The crazy thing is… all that stuff on your to do list might be making it even harder to get things done. Feeling overwhelmed can lead to anxiety and distraction. It’s hard to compose an email when you keep noticing more flooding your inbox. Enter Noisli, the desktop and mobile app that seeks to be the remedy for all that noise in your head.
Research suggests that a moderate amount of the right kind of background noise can actually help you be more focused, creative and productive. Noisli offers 16 different options for customizing sounds to work or relax to. They include nature noises (like birds chirping and wind rustling leaves), indistinct coffee shop chatter and three versions of good ol’ fashioned static. You can mix and match sounds, increasing or decreasing each one, like you’re the DJ of white noise. “Bonfire” plus “summer night” might just be your jam. (Pump it up!) When you find the perfect combo, you can save it and replay later. The app works offline too, so your favorite sounds can soothe you during your commute.
Visually, it offers a text editor that gives you a clean slate for composing your thoughts. It saves what you write locally, so that, even if you accidentally close your tab or crash your browser, it will remember what you wrote when you go back to the site — even hours later. When you’re ready to transfer those thoughts to an email, blog post or report for work, it copies and pastes without all the formatting baggage that many text editors drag along. It also supports Markdown for when you need to make a bold (or should we say **bold** ?) statement. In fact, the beginning of this post was composed using Noisli, and we’re loving it!
While you’re working away, the background gradually fades from one color to the next — think sunset not strobe light. This is to take advantage of the positive effects that different colors may have on your state of mind. Around here, we love color, so just the sight of it puts us in a better mood. When you have those moments, when you need to stop and let your mind wander a bit, it’s also soothing to stare at and doesn’t let you get too far off track.
The iPhone and iPad apps ($1) have a timer function that will make your sound(s) fade out after a set amount of time, which you can use as a sleep timer. It would also be great for productivity techniques like time boxing or Pomodoro. Instead of a jarring alarm, the sound of waves fading to silence could let you know it’s time to switch tasks or take a break.
There are a lot of apps out there with similar ideas in mind, but Noisli has a unique approach using sounds, color and a zen interface to drown out unwanted everything and help you focus in the neverending battle for productivity.
(h/t: Bless This Stuff)
What type of environment helps you get your work on? Does background noise or music make you feel more productive?
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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