How the right music can help you be more successful and effective?
Updated: Jan 25, 2022
By creating the right playlist, you can bust your workflow and creativity. It has been proven by researchers that listening to the right music while working you can increase your productivity and creativity. Here are some playlist ideas that might help you increase your workflow.
Since the old days' music has been the conductor that connected humans. A powerful form of art that touches your deepest emotions, allows you to feel free, happy, relaxed, euphoric, sometimes sad, angry. It can subconsciously make your body move to the beat without you even realizing it.
But music also has a big effect on your ability to focus. Listening to certain types of music while working can channel your concentration and help you stay on a given task longer than usual.
Therefore, choosing the right music to boost your productivity is crucial. When it comes to music there is no one-size-fits-all. You need to take a few things into consideration when choosing the right music for work in order to get the right results.
When choosing the right tones, you need to consider the work you’re going to be doing. Lyrics can be extremely distracting if you’re working on a language-based task, such as a blog post, reading or writing an essay, doing research, etc.
Music with lyrics is mostly ideal when you’re doing creative tasks that aren’t language-based, like drawing or photo editing, especially when you already know what your work process is.
Researchers also say that singing or humming along to the lyrics can be helpful in improving morale when working on monotonous tasks.
Have you ever walked into a business or office where there was dead silence, no music and the radio was off? Where you could only hear people talking, the clacking of typing on keyboards and so on….
Of course not.
Everybody is hardwired to have some sort of background sound playing, whether it be a radio station, white noise, low music.
That doesn’t mean that everybody likes what they are listening to. People are diverse and not everybody likes to listen to the same music. Music affects everybody differently. Somebody might enjoy a hardcore metal rocking in the background while someone else might find it highly distracting and will have a hard time working or focusing.
So, before you choose your work music you need to know what your listening tendencies are and what your personal preferences are. Which music makes you relaxed, focused, and which annoyed and distracted.
It is important to listen to the right types of music, as some can lower your productivity and even give you a headache. Some music genres can bring you pleasure when listening to them while doing house chores, but it might be distracting when you’re trying to write an article or study.
When you’re deciding on what type of music suits you the best for your productivity it comes down to experimenting. Try out different genres and sounds and see what works for you and what does not.
Here are a few genres you might look into:
Scientists have been researching this phenomena for a long time. Have you ever heard of the “Mozart effect”.
I haven’t, but I did hear that listening to classical music “can” increase your focus when studying. It was found that listening to Mozart can improve people’s spatial reasoning skills, which was later debunked, but some aspects of that theory were true.
Listening to classical music while working on language-based tasks or while studying can increase your memory, your ability to focus, and prolong your focus time.
This is why to this day classical music is still the most popular type of productive music. This doesn’t mean you should listen only to Mozart’s music, browse around and see if you like the classical tunes or not.
When it comes to the sounds of the nature, we’re talking about the soft and relaxing sounds such as waves crashing on the sore, mellow crickets singing, light wind breeze, flowing sounds of a light stream, or a light rustle of fallen leaves.
Those nature sounds that make you relaxed, they enhance cognitive functions and concentration. You feel like taking a deep breath in and just enjoying the moment.
There was a study done on office acoustics where they were exploring the effects of natural sounds in the office. It was found that muffled sounds of nature helped mask distracting noises and helped people to relax and work more efficiently.
Pump Up Songs
This type of music is great when you need a confidence boost. A pump up beat that elevates your will and puts you in a state of mind that you’ve got this.
Usually, this type of music is used before you are about to perform a task in front of others, when you need a boost of energy to do a task you don’t particularly enjoy, like exercise or public speaking.
It makes you feel empowered like you’re doing something grand and you’re changing the world. It lifts you up and gives you that extra push.
When working on projects that demand intellectual activity such as memory or arithmetic tasks, it is common for noise to cause an increased psychological impression of being “annoyed” which can lead to a decline in performance.
When you’re working in a noisy environment it can be tricky to focus. This is why, neutral, non-verbal background sounds like white noise, which is not the same as nature sounds, can block surrounding distractions and improve your overall work performance.
When it comes to lyrical songs, they can be excellent when trying to motivate yourself in working on tasks that you don’t really like to perform. On the other hand, we can’t say the same when we’re working on tasks that demand our full attention.
For example, if we are writing a blog post and at the same time listening to upbeat pop song, yes, we feel good and even move to the rhythm but sometimes the lyrics can creep up on us, and instead of writing about the topic at hand we write the lyrics of the song instead.
That is why when we are doing tasks that demand our full attention and demand of us to write, it is best to listen to something that has no lyrics. If you’re not into nature sounds or classical tunes, instrumental songs might be the solution for you.
Video Games Soundtracks
Have you ever wondered how come the soundtracks of video games are always energetic, rhythmic, and work so well when you need to concentrate?
Well, that is because they were specifically picked and designed that way. When you’re playing a game, you need to be specifically focused and highly motivated. Try playing a game without sound and sound effects and see what results you get.
Playing video games requires a lot of focus therefore the music selection for them is very strategic. The soundtracks reflect epic, inspiring cinematic scores with added sound effects.
These soundtracks are great when you need to be hyped and concentrated.
This type of music has become very popular in the recent years. They have a slow tempo, mellow vibe, and not a lot of lyrics. Because of it, they are perfect for studying and working.
Lo-Fi tunes incorporate different genres, like hip hop, funk, jazz, soul, rock, mixing them up and creating a relaxing beat.
This type of music is inoffensive, not intrusive, and can seep into the background easily. You won’t even notice it is there, but it will subconsciously boost your productivity and focus.
When it comes to working no matter what type of music you listen to if you yourself are not in the zone. If you’re not feeling like working on a blog post listening to music while you try to work will only distract you.
But it can be an extra boost to keep your focus longer on the task. At the end, it is for you to decide and see what type of music works best for you and when.
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