5 Days with Decimal: Day 1 - Master Your Focus with the Focus and Alertness Preset

October 16, 2023
Chris Garrett

Welcome to Day 1 of “5 Days with Decimal”. Today, we’re diving deep into how you can master your focus using our Focus and Alertness preset. We all know the struggle of trying to concentrate in a world filled with distractions. Whether it’s social media, noisy environments, or just a wandering mind, focus can often seem elusive. That’s where Decimal comes in.

Photo of a person wearing headphones at a computer setup, working diligently, with visual cues of enhanced focus and alertness emanating from the screen.

Why Focus is Crucial

First, let’s establish why focus is so crucial. When you’re able to concentrate, you perform better, work faster, and the quality of your output improves. You’re also less prone to errors. These benefits aren’t just confined to work; they apply to almost any task requiring attention.

What Are Binaural Beats?

Before we get into the preset, a quick primer on binaural beats. These are auditory illusions created when two different frequencies are played in each ear. Your brain perceives a third tone that is the mathematical difference between the two. This effect can positively influence your cognitive functions, including focus.

How Decimal Helps

Decimal uses the web audio API to generate these binaural beats. It’s a PWA (Progressive Web App), so you can use it on any device without downloading anything. For the best experience, you can add it to your home screen.

How to Use the Focus and Alertness Preset

Ready to get focused? Here’s how to make the most of our Focus and Alertness preset:

  1. Prepare Your Environment: Minimise distractions. Close unnecessary tabs and apps. Set your phone to “Do Not Disturb”.

  2. Plug In: The Focus and Alertness preset works best when you use headphones. This ensures that each ear hears its designated frequency without interference.

  3. Start the Preset: Navigate to the Focus and Alertness preset and hit play.

  4. Set a Timer: You can use the built-in timer feature to set how long you want to focus for. Try the Pomodoro Technique; 25 minutes of focused work followed by a 5-minute break.

  5. Start Working: Once the timer is set and the preset is playing, start your task.

  6. Reflect: After your set time has elapsed, take a moment to reflect. Did you find it easier to focus? Were you more productive? Use this feedback for future sessions.

The preset is flexible. You can adjust the timing based on your workload and comfort. You can try it now.

Lock Screen Controls

One of the features of Decimal that users appreciate is the ability to lock their phones and still have control over the audio through the lock screen. This allows you to remain focused on your task without the temptation of checking your phone.

Timer Features

The app includes a timer you can use to automatically stop the binaural beat after a set period, ideal for those who want to time-block their focus sessions.


The Focus and Alertness preset is designed to help you zero in on the task at hand. With just a few simple steps, you can create an environment conducive to intense focus, leading to more productive work or study sessions. Give it a try and see the difference it can make.

That wraps up Day 1 of our “5 Days with Decimal” series. Tune in tomorrow when we discuss how to use Decimal’s Relaxation and Stress Reduction preset for a calmer, more peaceful day.