Music has the ability of reaching us in a very personal way – including our productivity. A blog from Online College Courses shares 12 music tricks to boost your personal productivity. We enjoyed their post and have summarized six of their tips below.
- Listen before you get started. Hearing music before you work, gets you ready to go and better aware for getting down to business. (A Life Contained client paired a 5-minute piece, Variation on Sonata in A by the Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble to his getting juiced routine for regaining drive. For him, this music is a signal to get focused and motivated.)
- Target a specific side of your brain. For left brain activities (logical and analytical), play up-tempo music in major keys. For right brain tasks (creative, experimental, subjective), play slow music in minor keys.
- Listen to something happy. Happy music makes happy people and happy people are more productive! (Might we recommend this mini Wilco concert as a pick me up?)
- Organize Your Playlist by BPM. Set your music to play the fastest tempos first by using the Beats Per Minute (BPM) display in your music player; focus on songs above 100 BPM.
- Base your work segments on song length. Create a playlist to a specific length, such as 20 minutes, and work hard until the music ends, then break.
- Sign up for Spotify. The free service, Spotify, does “away with the need for syncing and buying tracks and allowing saving of playlists” and thus saves time.
Music is a fun, easy way to boost productivity. What role does music have in your routines?
P.S. The following tiny desk concert is a chance to experiment with allowing non-lyrical music to boost your output. Enjoy!