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What kind of music do you like? Is that also the music you would love to work at? Think about it, if you need to concentrate you might need different music then when you do household chores.
When I need to concentrate and think, I don’t want any distractions. And that includes music.
In my school and college years, I studied best with total silence. And I still have to have silence in the house to do courses or write blog posts.
But when I’m behind my sewing machine or ironing, I need some uplifting and cozy music. These days I like to listen to Spotify where I can make my own playlists.
Why music can help you concentrate
If you need to focus on a job, it’s best done when you’re in a good mood, right? Uplifting music can help your mood. Otherwise maybe dull tasks become more pleasant when you’re being “distracted” by music (like the ironing I talked about earlier).
But sometimes it’s also better to listen to music (preferably without lyrics) while you need to concentrate instead of getting disturbed all the time by others talking in the same room. Headphones provide a solution in this situation.
Everyone is different
Of course, everyone is different. What works for one person, doesn’t have to work for someone else.
Two of my teenagers work best on their school tasks with music coming from their phones. Luckily they both use earbuds. I think I would go totally insane having to listen to their “uplifting” music. My other teen needs quiet while doing homework, just like me.
It all has to do with being able to concentrate and staying focused on the job at hand, right?
Dr. Teresa Lesiuk did some research and her conclusion was that “quality of work were lowest with no music, while time-on-task was longest when music was removed”. Interesting, don’t you think?
Kinds of music
This has also to do with what kind of music you listen to and the level of concentration that’s necessary.
*Music with lyrics
When you really need to concentrate, it’s best to avoid music with lyrics. It’s like multitasking for your brain. Unintentionally, you listen to the song, maybe even humming along. So music with lyrics is more for those tasks where you don’t need to concentrate on a higher level.
Piano music can be stimulating enough to get you focused on your tasks. Or try some guitar music or jazz music. And even the real classics like Vivaldi, Mozart and Bach can help you here.
How lovely is it to listen to flowing water, the rain or the ocean. But also hearing the wind blowing softly through leaves or forest sounds.
*Video game or movie music
Some people like to listen to video game or movie music to help them concentrate. But most say also, they prefer music without lyrics.
*Coffee shop sounds
It’s not always music we want, right? Sometimes I like to “listen” to the natural sound of a busy coffee shop. Especially when I’m alone and need some “company”.
These are all great options when you need to boost your productivity on high-level tasks. But what about those low-level tasks? Those can use a little excitement, right?
For those tasks, I have made a great playlist for you (and me of course!).
You can find it in the Resource Library if you have the key. Don’t have the key yet, just fill in the form here below and you will get it straight in your inbox.
Where do you find the right music?
There are a lot of ways how you can listen to music. Here are a few:
- the good old radio
- Pandora (only in the USA)
The beauty with YouTube and Spotify is that you can make your own playlists. That way you can always listen to the right music at the right time.
Don’t forget about that playlist with more than 25 songs to boost your productivity in the Resource Library. If you need the key just fill out the form above and I will send it to you right into your inbox.
I would love for you to share what kind of music works best for you when you need to concentrate and want to boost your productivity. Or do you need silence, like a lot of people do too?
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