A concentration app might be just what you need to hone your focus. When we’re fully focused, we feel capable of completing whatever task lies before us. All our attention hones in on the object of our concentration. We have access to all the skills and knowledge we need to achieve our objective. Just imagining this level of focus feels powerful! Unfortunately, we’re often frazzled and distracted. Just keeping our concentration in one place becomes the most difficult aspect of completing any task. But innovation in science and creativity has inspired a new concentration app capable of enhancing your brain’s greatest superpower: focus.
Distraction zaps productivity
In Dr. David Rock’s book, Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long, he cites the negative effects of distraction on our productivity:
“Distractions are everywhere. And with the always-on technologies of today, they take a heavy toll on productivity. One study found that office distractions eat an average 2.1 hours a day. Another study, published in October 2005, found that employees spent an average of 11 minutes on a project before being distracted. After an interruption it takes them 25 minutes to return to the original task, if they do at all. People switch activities every three minutes, either making a call, speaking with someone in their cubicle, or working on a document.”
The more we allow our focus to skip around, the more we hurt our productivity. We use up precious energy every time we jump from one task or thought to another. All of that then becomes wasted energy we no longer have available for what we really needed to get done. According to Dr. Rock, in his book:
“Change focus ten times an hour (one study showed people in offices did so as much as 20 times an hour), and your productive thinking time is only a fraction of what’s possible. Less energy equals less capacity to understand, decide, recall, memorize, and inhibit. The result could be mistakes on important tasks. Or distractions can cause you to forget good ideas and lose valuable insights.”
To focus is to flow
Our capacity for productivity, innovation, and creativity correlates with our ability to stay focused. We are capable of so many more quality outputs … if only we can find focus, and stay there longer. How does it feel when we do access that deep, uninterrupted concentration?
When we’re totally immersed in a task, we become so in sync with our work, we forget everything else. Legendary psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi called this state “flow.” In his 1990 book, Flow, he describes the flow state as “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.” His book explains that flow means “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
Sound affects our ability to concentrate
If you’re having trouble getting into your flow state, it might be due in large part to what you’re hearing. Sound strongly impacts our ability to stay focused (or not). According to sound expert Julian Treasure, open-plan offices (or loud spaces) cause people’s productivity to decrease by 33 percent as compared to quiet rooms. In a distractingly noisy settings, our productivity decreases by a whopping 66 percent.
A study by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute suggests natural sounds used for sound masking can decrease distraction and increase productivity. The study hypothesizes that natural sounds enhance cognitive functioning, optimize concentration, and increase worker satisfaction.
Treasure confirms that natural sounds can help us regain focus and productivity. He recommends putting in headphones with soothing sounds while working. While listening to soothing sounds – such as nature sounds or soothing music – your productivity goes back up to triple what it would be surrounded by loud, distracting noises.
This concentration app increases focus by a factor of 6.3
A small Berlin-based team of artists, developers, and scientists together created a new app called Endel. The team based the app on their deep, shared understanding of how sound affects humans’ health, wellbeing, and concentration. Users can choose between four listening modes to enhance their experience: Focus, Relax, Sleep, and On-the-Go.
Endel bases its core algorithm on circadian rhythms, pentatonic scale, and sound masking. Its ambient sounds then adapt to different personalized inputs – like time of day, weather, heart rate, and location. In this way, Endel creates an audio ecosystem – consisting of natural sounds scientifically proven to help you focus, relax, and sleep – perfectly tailored to you.
When it comes to focus, immersing yourself in Endel’s ambient soundscape makes a big difference. Endel’s Focus mode boosts your productivity by helping you concentrate for longer. People listening to the sounds of Endel reported a 2.7 x increase in ease of concentration and a 6.3 x increase in concentration overall. And with Mihály Csíkszentmihályi himself as one of Endel’s advisors, it’s no surprise the app improves concentration so dramatically and effectively.
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Mikhaly Csikszentmihalyi is a professor at Claremont Graduate University, author of the book, term and methodology of Flow. Excited to have him as our advisor to validate the power of Endel. #mihalycsikszentmihalyi #claremontgraduateuniversity #endelsound #techstars #chill #ambient #relaxation #relax #meditation #mindfulness
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