Increasing productivity and remaining focused with focus@will

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Focus@Will, focus, productivity, study

Increasing Productivity And Remaining Focused With Focus@Will

Although the festive holidays are rapidly approaching, like many students I have exams looming over me for my joyous return to university in January. Getting myself to focus when I return home is one of the hardest parts of revision for me, because when I'm at university I can just go to the library and work. But what about if you have no choice but to work at home over the holidays? Being around my family again often means I find it impossible to find somewhere quiet to concentrate.

This is where the fantastic service at focus@will comes in. The music player provides all ambient music, perfect for people who can't work without something in the background but need to listen to music without lyrics. There's a range of different styles to suit your mood, ranging from Classical to Uptempo, Cinematic and even Acoustic.

For example, I really love listening to piano music to help me focus, so I currently listen to Classical Piano music. It takes away the hassle of having to find specific playlists on Spotify. Once you've selected your preferred style, you can also decide the energy level of music, so if you have a relaxed day ahead but you still plan to get lots done, you might choose Medium level.

The amount of customisation available here is absolutely key. It gives their listeners the chance to find the exact type of music to help them maintain focus throughout work intervals, and the service's technology adapts to their preferences through the use of the "skip" button. Furthermore the player is so easy to use and adjust, with large and clear buttons in easy to read fonts. Another great aspect is that there's no advertisements of any kind, including in the free trial. No more pauses on concentration because of an intrusive ad break!

The service was created by a group of neuroscientists in order to engage the listener and maintain focus, as any kind of music which encourages singing or foot-napping "takes you right out of the focus zone". What's more, each track has been remixed and re-edited according to energy level and type of music. This means that every song is engineered to guarantee a high level of productivity without interruption.

The free trial offers a generous amount of time, 15 days of listening, to help you decide if it's something which has really helped to boost your productivity. I would honestly say there's no better time to give it a go in the run up to exams in the new year. In fact you can check how much a difference the service has made through their productivity checker. When you press the "stop" button, a prompt response will ask you how productive your session was in percentage terms. The only gripe I have is that the subscription price is currently only offered in dollars, but for those from the UK means a cheaper subscription than for Spotify!

Overall I think this is exactly what I was looking for in terms of a music service because it offers no space for interruption. This helps me particularly well when I'm writing, be it a blog post or an essay! I've felt my productivity and level of focus improve, purely because I enjoy the music I'm hearing but it does not interrupt my train of thought.

Is it a service you would try? What tips do you have for focus and concentration? Thanks for reading!

*This is a sponsored post. I was given an extended trial of the service. However, all opinions are own. For more information, visit my Disclaimer.

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