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Ear Plugs Were Sent From Heaven


Neville

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I want to tell you about something that has cost me less than $5.00, but has VASTLY improved my life in many ways:

  • ....they help me write way better.
  • ......they make me feel "in my own world."
  • .........they help me concentrate for long periods of time.
  • ............they calm me down on planes.
  • ................they help me sleep much better.

This item is not a drug or one of those hippie magnetic bracelets....

This magical invention is what us mortals know as:

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EAR PLUGS!

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Yup....simple old ear plugs help improve my life, and my writing.

Whenever I write.....I try to "get in my own little world" ...but the distractions of life invariably happen.

The construction going on outside, the hum of the refrigerator, even silence itself has a distracting quality.

But with ear plugs in, I feel like I can talk to my brain directly.

(typing that makes me feel foolish....but you'll see what I mean when you try them).

They eliminate pretty much all external audio input, and it makes for a really great work environment.  It's an odd feeling at first.

You roll the ear plugs into a little cylinder, stick them inside your ears, and let them slowly expand.

As they expand in your ear, you can hear the decibel level of life go

DDDOOOOooowwwwwwnnnnn......

And then you're in your own little world.

A world that's great for writing and for productivity.  And sleeping.

You should definitely try them.  My personal favorite brand are these little blue ones that reduce noise by 33 decibels:

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The earplugs REALLY work their magic when I'm feeling lazy.  For some reason the switch from "real world" to "Neville's World" changes my mentality and lets me focus more.

 

Using Ear Plugs for Meditation:

I'm not super into meditation, but the times I do it, using ear plugs for meditation is a GREAT experience!

It just "softens" all the noise around me and helps me concentrate better, and the results are pretty great :)

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I honestly think wearing ear plugs when I write gives me a kind of "superpower" that otherwise doesn't happen:

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So......when you start feeling like a lazy monkey today, why don't you try sticking in some earplugs to help you write creatively or be more productive??

Use these "magical ear tools" wisely my friend :-)

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By the way....am I the only insane person who uses these??  Every time I go on a rant about how earplugs are sooooo great, people look at me funny and slowly back away like this:

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Comment below if you use them so I don't feel insane!

 


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Guest Neville

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I have this app called NatureSpace that makes those background ambient sounds. My FAVORITE is the beach sounds! Really feels like I'm at the beach if I use the app with my Bose headphones
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Guest Neville

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Oh you should definitely give it a try. Sometimes silence actually distracts me or makes me bored. Give em a try Daniel!
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Guest Neville

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Oh man, then YES they will save your sanity if you have that many people on phone calls all around you!
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Guest Neville

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Oh wow....you're like a PROFESSIONAL ear-plugger!

Mine cost like $0.30 each, yours cost $250!

I'm sure musicians on stage have really kick-ass custom earpieces, never tried those.

Thanks for all the suggestions Randall, will check em out!

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Guest Neville

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This "Coffitivity" thing has been mentioned several times. I'm listening to it now!

I listen to music sometimes while working, but preferably ambient stuff with no lyrics

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Guest Neville

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You're like me! Glad to know I'm not the only crazy one :-)
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Guest Neville

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Actually that's not so weird!

I have a MiFi with my laptop, so sometimes in the car I'll get inspired and stop in a parking lot and WRITE.

I actually enjoy doing this and get a lot done in the car for some reason!

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Guest Neville

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Yea, there's definitely some rhyme and reason to having the source IN your ears.

I actually prefer the Bose over-the-ear headphones that touch your ear, rather than the AROUND-the-ear types. I think they sound better

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Guest Neville

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Glad to hear I'm not the only one! These things kick ass for productivity and sleep
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Guest Neville

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Oh they're GREAT!

Sometimes if I'm sleeping with them, I keep them on and start working right away. I get this nice hour of work done before I even "hear" the real world!

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Guest Neville

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You hit it on the head Chris! The sleep is so much better. I'm a relatively light sleeper, so any background noise distracts me.

There's fountains at my building which I can hear.....and normally I don't mind the white noise, but ear plugs help me knock out so much faster

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Guest Neville

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Oh wow, you actually know the brand too!

and a big "BAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!" to the almonds thing! I didn't know that was a problem, I actually want to try that now :-D

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Guest Neville

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I like my earbuds also......but sometimes when I'm sleeping they kind of get in the way when I turn on one side, so I've become quite happy with the regular-ole-low-tech earplugs now!
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Guest Neville

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HOW INTERESTING!!

You're like the opposite, you don't wear anything to get the quiet!

Hahahah.....I love that you can tune the kids out whenever. I bet that's a damn effective technique to make sure they don't get Pavlovianly trained to throw tantrums :-)

One of my favorite teachers ever was my 3rd grade math teacher who was deaf.....now I'm wondering if she ever turned her hearing aids off to ignore us ;)

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Guest Neville

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Wow, you must have HUGE ear holes!! I use the orange ones too, but somehow find this "Heroes" brand much more comfortable for long periods of time.

::palm to forehead:: on the piano bar!

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Guest Neville

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Oh yea give them a try Maria!

But even more than blocking out the road noise, they'll help you "get in your head" .....it sounds crazy, but you'll see what I mean when you try them!

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Guest Neville

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Hey Mike, interesting thing is you can STILL hear all that stuff! I mean of course it's more muffled, so perhaps with the baby crying that might be a no-go.

However you can still hear things going on, but it's 33 decibels softer.

But yes, if something is relatively quiet on that scale, you may not be able to let the UPS man in if he knocks and you're in the next room!

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Guest Neville

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I unfortunately can't do that as well.

It sometimes works, but more often than not I'll just get distracted. Hearing other conversations when I'm trying to WRITE is very very difficult for me :-/

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Guest Neville

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I'm listening to Coffitivity right now! You're literally the 3rd person to mention it in these comments, never heard of it before today
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Guest Neville

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Love those Bose headphones.

I still like regular ear plugs even better. Completely distraction free

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Guest Neville

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Different things work for different people. I started wearing the earplugs sometimes at nights because my headphones would poke me whenever I slept on my side
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