When I need to get some writing done out in the garage, I press the S L E E P button on my old dusty AM/FM clock radio and sit down to work:
I can’t write to music with words, so the radio is permanently tuned to KMFA, our local classical station. The clock radio is across the room from my desk, so I’m never tempted to fiddle with it. It’s never turned up very loud. The music becomes background noise and I forget about it.
The S L E E P function lasts about an hour. I know when the music stops it’s probably time to get up and stretch. If I want to write for another hour, I press the button and get back to work. Easy.