I'm typing this right now surrounded by the simulated sounds of a packed coffee shop thanks to a website designed for those of us who work from home in silence. Based upon the research finding a balance between "calm and commotion" can aid in creativity and productivity, Coffitivity brings all the sounds of being in a public space without the serious annoyances of being bothered by actual people...
To be honest, as someone who works from home, I think I still prefer working in silence or with a selection of ambient electronic or classical music. The main reason being I was continually recognizing some of the repeated phrases recorded during the 15 minute audio loop, which proved distracting. The actual undercurrent din was great, but for someone like myself the sound of silence still wins out.
- Direct your lonely ole self to http://coffitivity.com/.
- Moderate ambient noise is proven to boost creativity.
- Get your headphones plugged in, hit the player and start creating. (Note: For best results, set the player volume so your music is just barely louder than Coffitivity.)