Music has long been understood to have remarkable impact on mood and cognitive functioning - hence fun fads like expecting mom's playing classical for their unborn children. And for me, moving from open office to open office, customizing my auditory environment has become an integral part of the focused work experience. Over the years I've tried playing all sorts of things, from white noise to movie sound tracks. Finally, I think I've found the ticket to getting on the right wavelength: brain.fm.
Brain.fm was dreamt up as a music writing software that has designed dozens of tracks to guide your brain into one of three states you select from: focus, meditation, and sleep.
Listening in, I hear binaural beats overlaid on soft melodies, which induce a deep state of engagement. While I haven't hooked myself up to an electroencephalogram to measure efficacy, I'm sure the pros behind it are testing this out.
The focus option does the trick to blur out all distraction and leave you to think deeply. The first few sessions are free, so give it a try - you'll thank yourself for it later when you see how well you're using your time!