Staying productive at home or at work can be a challenge, especially in a busy, noisy environment. Many of us use headphones and music to drown out other noises, but sometimes, the headphones can actually get in the way of a productive schedule. However, you don’t have to let your listening experience get in the way of your work. Here’s our guide to hacking your high-end headphones for a productive workday or office space.
- Make sure they are comfortable.
If you like to listen to music while you work, you’ll need a pair that can sit on your head and ears comfortably for a long period of time. You’ll want to learn what style of headphone you like the most, and ask yourself: earbuds, on-ear, or over-ear headphones?
These are the three most common styles for headphones, and each has their own unique characteristics. When it comes to comfort, it’s important to learn what you like the most for your ears. No matter what, having a great pair of headphones will keep you from fidgeting with them, or from taking them on or off while you work. A comfortable pair will save you time and money in the long run.
Even if you’re not listening to anything, wearing a comfortable pair of headphones can psychologically keep you in the zone, especially since they dull or cancel outside noise. In addition, people are less likely to bother you when you’re wearing your headphones, so they can serve as a great productive tool whether or not you’re playing music.
- Purchase a pair with noise-cancelling or volume control to ensure healthy listening habits.
Many of us are guilty of pushing the volume in our headphones to a high level, especially when we try to drown out any outside or ambient noise. But this can be damaging to our hearing in the long run, especially if you frequently use your headphones day after day. And once you lose your hearing, you can’t get it back. With a lack of hearing quality, work can be tough for those who rely on their hearing.
High-quality headphones can help make sure that your hearing stays healthy, especially if you look for headphones with volume control and noise-cancelling features. Noise-cancelling headphones–like the Califone 1017AV headphones–help diminish outside noise while enhancing the audio you are listening to, which will keep you from increasing the volume. Volume control options will also help maintain your hearing by putting a threshold on how high you can raise the volume. With these two components, you can stay healthy and productive at once. Avid Education SM-25 headphones or the Califone 3068-AV headphones are other great high quality headphone choices.
- Opt for dual-audio headphones if you switch from mono to stereo in your work.
For any worker who might be listening to mono or stereo at any given moment, having a pair of headphones that can switch seamlessly from one audio type to another will ensure greater productivity and efficient workflow. For example, an audio engineer might want mono for spoken word, lecture, or pure vocal recordings, but stereo for the entire ensemble with a band. Even a college student, who might listen to music while they work on their math homework, but switch to online language lessons for his or her Spanish class, can benefit from high-quality headphones that are capable of covering these audio needs. Many headphones like the Hamilton-Buhl Trios can help make switching between the two easy for the user.
By purchasing a pair of headphones that works for you and not against you, you can stay focused as you work, anywhere and anytime. To learn more about the headphones we provide, contact us. We can help you find the right pair for your work.