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)
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!