Distractions and Music.
I have long loved listening to music when doing tasks, and I have often found that I do my work better because of it. I tend to get distracted from time to time when my mind wants mental stimulation and it isn’t getting any from the task I’m on… or if I’m doing the dishes. (How can anyone do the dishes without some sort of pleasing distraction.)
The problem is, when I got my iPhone a few years back (which became my primary method of listening to music), my music player became my primary distraction. I love my phone, and use it for a great many tasks, but when I’m trying to sit and focus and have music in the background, more often than not I’m pinged by random updates, emails, or various other reminders.
So I was excited when I heard about Apple repairing the original iPod Nano batteries on defective units. I had two defective units that I sent it to be replaced. I was even more excited to later find out that they opted to replace those returned 1st generation Nano’s with the new 6th generation Nano.
The first one came back a few days before Christmas and was given to Amanda. Today mine came back and I’ve loaded up music and begun using it, and it’s strange how a useful a single-purpose device can still be in our multi-purpose world.
Being able to sit back and remove yourself from all the noise (via what some might call noise) definitely has it’s benefits.