Keeping your Head in the Game with Low Level Noise

Photo credit: George Eastman House, Creative Commons

Photo credit: George Eastman House, Creative Commons

Some people get their best work done in libraries, cafes, and other bustling places. It turns out that there’s been lots of research done about this, and in kind, some websites are out there with convenient, appropriate noisemakers for telecommuting or muting out your office mates.

Here are a few good ones for you to try out!

Rainy Cafe – Play the rain, play the cafe, play a custom mix of the two.

Noisli – Even has a distraction-free text editor, the ability to mix/match sounds, and a great palette of changing colors.

Rainy Mood  – Click on “Today’s Music” to hear the rain and a musical selection (entire album) at the same time.

Ambient Mixer – Tons and tons of sounds to choose from.

Your Library: An Asset for Home and Business

I received an email this morning from the Portland Public Library (Porltand, Maine) announcing a very helpful, informative series of talks and workshops about financial literacy, something for which many of us could use some coaching and support.

It got me thinking about my own participation, and how I’ve been lax in taking advantage of these incredible resources. I was also thinking I should share it with you, in case you’re in the Portland, Maine area, but especially if you’re from anywhere and you haven’t checked in with your library lately.

If you haven’t already, and even if you’ve got just a tiny library in your town, there are incredible events, talks, and resources available to you. I’ve seen small business seminars, talks about organizing homes and offices, and other surprising educational forums… for free. For you. Because you own the library. Because it’s there to serve your needs and somehow, creepily, they’ve got you figured out.

Not to mention, of course, the Library is a great place to work if you’re a telecommuter.

Here’s the info for that seminar in Portland. Spread the word, and if you’ve heard of some great event at your local library, do share it with your neighbors, too.

Week April 24th-27th, 2012 Join the Library in their effort to increase financial literacy and create a money smart community. The library will host the following events, sponsored by CA$H Greater Portland at United Way of Greater Portland, Women, Work and Community, and KeyBank as part of Money Smart Week. Workshops will be held April 24th through the 27th at the Main Library.

Set Your Financial Goals – Tuesday, April 24, 12-1 p.m.
Looking to set financial goals? Join us to find out how to prioritize your current finances and achieve your goals.

Keep It Safe – Wednesday, April 25, 12-1 p.m.
Join us to learn how to protect your bank account from scams. Keep your money and identity safe.

Count Every Dollar – Thursday, April 26, 12-1 p.m.
How do your spending habits impact your financial goals? Join us to look at how the money you spend today will impact your financial goals.

Credit Report Day – Friday, April 27,10 a.m.-2 p.m.
When was the last time you looked at your credit report? Your credit history (bill payments, credit card and loan debt) can impact your ability to make future purchases, qualify for employment, utilities and housing. Join us to review your free credit report and discover strategies to build good credit. Once you have your credit report, learn how you can multiply your savings with a Maine Family Development Account. Call 207-871-1700, ext. 725 to make your appointment. Walk-ins welcome upon availability.

Please call 207-871-1700, ext. 725 for further information.