My daily writing time tends to be fragmented. Really, really fragmented. I homeschool my two oldest kids and have a toddler running around and creating mayhem, too. It’s no harder or more hectic I’m sure than trying to write and hold down a day job, but I do sometimes struggle with snapping myself from parenting/teaching mode into writing/creative mode and back again on a dime– or rather during the 10-20 minute windows I usually get to do some work. Enter (cue dramatic music) Brain FM. Have you heard of Brain FM? I hadn’t, until my husband happened to see it advertised, decided to give it a try, and then recommended it to me.
Now, to be clear, I have no affiliation or contact whatsoever to brain FM, beyond my husband having paid for a subscription, so no one is paying me to write this post or anything. I just tried it, thought it was pretty cool, and thought fellow WU-ers might like to give it a try.
But what exactly IS Brain FM you ask? It’s an audio brainwave training program designed to help you focus, relax, or sleep, depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. You can learn more about it here:
But basically, you go to the site, click the button indicating what you’re hoping to be doing (focus, relax, or sleep) and then pop in your headphones. You’ll need to create an account profile, but you get several free sessions so you can test it out without having to pay anything. You can also fill out a question and answer survey to help the program better tailor the audio track to your particular personality/brain. The program will start playing an audio track designed to help your brain block out distractions and focus on the task. The tracks come in 30 minute sessions, and if you don’t like the particular track playing or don’t feel it’s helpful, you can click the “skip” button at the bottom of the screen and try a different one.
I haven’t tried to use the program for relaxing or sleeping as yet, only for working. But I must say the results were pretty dramatic. Almost instantly, the part of my brain that thinks about things like what-am-I-going-to-make-for-dinner, and did-I-remember-to-put-the-laundry-in-the-dryer felt like it had been effectively shut off, allowing me to snap into writing mode much more quickly than usual.
I personally am the kind of writer that does not like ANY noise whatsoever while I’m writing. I have of necessity adjusted to writing with the noises of child chaos filtering up from downstairs, but I never, ever listen to music or anything like that while I’m writing. So after maybe 20 minutes of Brain FM, once I felt like I was thoroughly in the zone of my book, I wound up shutting the program off and taking out my headphones, because listening was distracting me a little bit from listening to my characters. But that may well be just me, and even still, the ease with which I was able to get into the zone was well worth it. My husband is a computer programmer and he swears by how much the audio tracks help him to concentrate.
As far as I’ve experienced, there are no side effects. The site mentions a few possible minor ones, like tingling sensations from increased blood flow, etc., but I haven’t noticed any. All in all, if you’re looking to change up your writing routine for the new year or jump-start your ability to focus, I’d say that Brain FM is well worth a look.
What about you? Have you ever tried Brain FM or something similar? Do you like silence or background noise while you write?