How Valuable is our Time?
Time is the most valuable thing we have. It is often said and it's true in general. But how valuable is your time when you're completely exhausted? You're limited in what you can do because you need to rest first before you can do anything else. And when you've rested you've used up a lot of time. So if you only had one day off most of it is gone. What's really valuable is time where we have the capacity to be productive. We need time where our needs are taken care of and we are focused and full of energy. Time+Energy = Capacity.
You're losing Energy constantly
That Energy is limited and to me even more valuable than time because I have so little of it. If you have enough energy in the right moments to get the important things done time won't be that much of an issue. Noise is insanely damaging to us. You don't realize it when you're surrounded by it everyday but it takes a lot of energy just to resist and try and blend out the noise. We were born to live in a silent world and notice the slightest sounds that's how we evolved but we live in a completely different world now.
I'm autistic so I'm even more sensitive than most. When I went to Zürich to see my doctor and maybe do something afterwards. I planned in a rest day the next day just because I noticed how tired I got and that it threw off the rest of my week if I didn't recover from the assault on my senses. But yesterday I went to Zürich with my noise cancelling headphones for the first time and I feel completely fine today. It was so peaceful walking through the city with or without music and just having quiet for myself. It's the best in the train/bus/plane or of course on the street because vehicles make consistent noise and can be filtered out the best. I also feel like this kind of noise is the most damaging to us. The constant loud noise that just dulls your mind and makes you wish you were home already. If you work in a noisy open office they could also help out a lot.
It takes some adjustment the first time I wanted to go to Zürich they started more construction and now you have to take a bus for half the distance that my train was supposed to go I didn't know about it and didn't hear the announcement so I was back where I started way too quick and didn't know what happened. But this kind of stuff often happens when changes happen in my life so I'm used to it.
Getting into an accident, in theory it is riskier but you can still hear cars close to you it's just a lot quieter if you pay attention and use your eyes you'll be fine.
There's a slight pressure on the ears when you use the noise cancelling. The first time I used them it was quite noticeable but now it's very minor and doesn't impact me at all. I think you could even sleep with them if it's really noisy in your area and you can sleep with headphones :D
When I didn't wear them I was more conscious of the noise than before because it wasn't just normal anymore I had experienced the other side so every car passing by was even more noticeable but I don't think the burden was higher it was just more in my mind.
I bought the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 2 for 204 Franks. First of all I have to say they're great headphones and they'd be worth 200 without the noise cancelling. But the noise cancelling is the feature that gives insane value to this product. If I can cut one rest day out per week in ten years that's 1.5 years of extra days that I'll be able to do something where otherwise I'd just be lying in bed. So it's not hyperbole when I say I would have paid 2000 for these headphones and they'd still be worth it for me. And I'll be moving back to the city in about 9 months so I'll be using them every day. I firmly believe that even if you don't have autism you'll be more alert, energetic and productive if you use these headphones, especially if you live in a city. Otherwise it depends on the situation. I also want to add, they have a battery life of 20 hours and from my experience so far it's been pretty accurate so that's also a huge deal to me.
I'd recommend trying them out to anyone and see if you can benefit from this technology!
Have a nice day :)