You’re at the office trying to get your work done for the day when your WhatsApp group convo starts going crazy. You have to check what’s going on – are plans being made for Friday night that you don’t know about? Of course, this leads to spending a few minutes going through your Facebook News Feed to see if your ex did anything wild over the weekend, and naturally, checking how many likes you got on the new Instagram filtered selfie you just posted a few hours ago. Work is tough and if you’re anything like me in that you easily get distracted so that it wouldn’t hurt to get some help to stay focused and get productive. Can we get this help by listening to music?
Whether or not you believe in the power of music, scientific research has shown that listening to certain types of music can help you stay on task and beat distractions.
Some people use music to help them disregard a disturbing and highly unsettling work environment, while others plug in their headphones just to ‘get in the mood’. Either way, it’s interesting to look at how music can actually help you concentrate and boost productivity. Music releases dopamine in the brain, which are known as ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters. This helps reduce anxiety and stress, which leads to increased motivation and a higher chance that you will actually get some work done. Our minds can easily wander – oftentimes to places that we don’t want it to. Scientists suggest that a distracted mind, or a mind filled with pointless thoughts, is one that is not content. Since music helps us to feel better, it signals our brain to focus and stay on one specific task. Music can even boost creativity and help people come up with better, more noteworthy ideas.
But finding the perfect playlist to listen to while you’re typing tedious emails is not easy, which is why we’re here to help. Here are 4 YouTube tracks that can get you started on your journey to better and more productive days at work:
Lost in Thought by John Hopkins
This is the perfect song for those of you needing a little extra boost of creativity. The calming yet powerful notes will certainly get those creativity juices flowing. A track suitable for a mystical movie scene, John Hopkins’ Lost in Thought is something you should play at low volume before you start designing or typing away.
Hoppipolla by Vitamin String Quartet
If you’re stuck doing a repetitive and tedious task, look no further. We know just how boring plugging in numbers into that excel sheet can be. Which is why you should plug in your earphones and turn up this classical tune. The melody will help put you in a much calmer, happier mood – perfect for tasks that you know are going to have you pulling those hairs out (sooner or later).
See by Tycho
If you have speakers in your work place then this track is the perfect choice. Play it in the background and you’ll find yourself feeling more focused and concentrated with whatever you’re doing. The tune progressively gets more and more upbeat, which will give you that burst of motivation you’ve been looking for.
Smooth Jazz Track
This jazz track follows a 60 BPM (beats per minute) metronome. Research has shown that music played at around 60 BPM can help reduce stress and any kind of physical tension. Anxiety reduction is very important towards focus and overall cognitive function. Play this smooth jazz track and get in the vibe for a productive, stress-free day.