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Freelancer’s friend: the blessed magic of noise-blocking headphones

This is the first in a series celebrating the little things that help freelancers get things done; the people, gadgets, apps, habits and pharmaceuticals that can keep us moving along productively.

Freelancer’s friend #1: noise-cancelling headphones (or ear phones)

Sennheiser HD 650
Working from strange places is infinitely easier when you can transform the aural landscape.

Train packed with shouty kids and hormonal teens? That’s my mobile office. Coworking space overcrowded with collaborating geeks? That’s my tranquil oasis. Cafe crammed with yummy mummys and their less appetising spawn? That’s my library, where I go for peace and quiet. Well, unless I’ve forgotten my Sennheiser earbud things, in which case I’m screwed.

Some freelancers love background noise and the hubbub of daily life. For everyone else: buy some noise-cancelling headphones. These Sennheiser CX 400 II earbuds cost about £18, but considering they can make even the noisiest hellholes into your private productivity centre, they’re worth it!

2 Comments

  1. Danai Panagiwtopoulou

    I can totally relate to your post.. I can be annoyed by a pin dropping! I started freelancing about 3 years ago, and that was one of the first things i bought! ;)

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