for some reason, i can focus much better with my ipod blaring into my ears. instead of distracting me, it helps me zone the rest of the world out. awesome. i'm getting way more work done today...and i have noticed increased studying back in the days of school (two more weeks!).
apparently it doesn't help me zone out IM conversations or blog-writing, though. let me know if you have a secret for that (and logging off IM doesn't work for me)