Three Slump-Busting Productivity Apps

Three Slump-Busting Productivity Apps

Since joining Block Club about two years ago, I’ve learned that I need a little assistance to be my most productive self in our open work space.

1. First things first, to adapt to looking at a screen for about eight-plus hours every day, I downloaded F.lux, a screen brightness filter, and haven’t *looked* back since. Before F.lux, my eyes drove me nuts by the end of the day. No more. I still get occasional comments about how strange my glowing orange screen looks at 6:30 pm, but I no longer want to poke my eyeballs out and throw them across the office floor like a terrible set of dice, so it feels like a very fair trade for everyone involved!

2. Secondly, I’ve tried a few different things for noise management and focus to varying degrees of success. This is an issue for me with our open office layout; the space is incredible for collaboration and quick feedback from teammates, but also easy for my fairly distractible brain to get off track from nearby noise. One cool fix has been the noise-cancelling speakers in our new office—a huge help. Beyond that, I logged a lot of time last year with the Noisli white noise app, which made a big difference in my productivity.

3. This year, though, thanks to Block Club designer/generally thoughtful dude Ryan McMullen, I discovered Brain.fm. It’s pretty much like any other white noise app PLUS underlying sound waves that supposedly influence your brainwaves to help you to achieve a highly focused state. I have no idea if that’s scientifically proven, but the urgent yet strangely calming techno track definitely makes me feel like I’m about to rappel from the ceiling into a heavily guarded government building and hack into a very important database to save our country, super calm and collected-ly. Two highly knowledgable coder thumbs up!

Brain.fm has led to more hyper productive stretches of work than any other white noise or music for me. If you’re having trouble focusing or getting into the work groove, check it out! Perhaps someday you, too, can be as productive as me.