Noizio

Noizio is a slick, flexible, and free(!) app that plays ambient sounds. I just installed it on my Mac and iPhone to use when listening to music isn’t proper for the task at hand.1

The current version offers fifteen ambient sounds. I dig the simplicity and ability to mix the various sounds at different volumes. Saving different “Mixtures” will be fun to try.

If you’re a fan of Coffitivity, Noizio is worth checking out. 🙂

Just turn on the sound and allow yourself to become engulfed in the tranquil sounds of nature. Whether you wish to feel as if you’re sitting near a fireplace under a cozy blanket, or that you’re meditating on a desolate sea shore as gusts of wind ruffle your hair, Noizio will be there to set the mood. With this ambient sound equalizer, not only will you be able to relax, but you will also increase your productivity, as you’re trying to concentrate on your work!


  1.  Playing in the background while I write this post: Campfire, Winter Wind, and Deep Space. 

Start with Heart

Take a deep breath. Imagine how you want things to unfold in the best version of the future. Or ask the other person what outcome they’d like to see.

It’s not about being right.

It’s about making the right things happen.

Fantastic post by Julie Zhuo reminding us to foster alignment towards a positive conclusion.

Focus your energy into that correct outcome, even if it means pointing them elsewhere.

Full post: The First Step in Hard Conversations — The Year of the Looking Glass

Inside the Barista Class

Fantastic post from Molly Osbert at The Awl (via Longreads):

As any barista will tell you, switching coffee shops isn’t hard. The job really only involves somewhere between six and eight discrete physical motions.

Learning a new job is simply a matter of reorienting your muscle memory to recognize a different set of tools […] Professional development is really about figuring out how to perform these six-to-eight movements at an ever-increasing pace, perhaps with some degree of style.

While the “six-to-eight movements” portion isn’t relevant everywhere, these highlights are great to remember when you’re starting with anything: photography, productivity, WordPress, or even card magic. 🙂

Beautiful nuances in your methods will emerge throughout your progress. Build your speed slowly, and the rest—including speed and flourishes—will follow.