Research shows that music can provide many benefits to your brain and overall cardiovascular health. It can increase your blood flow, making it easier to concentrate and relax. Increased blood flow protects your brain from memory loss, allows you to de-stress, and reduces inflammation that can damage your body’s healthy cells over time. The key to music and productivity is that it makes you happier. It is creating a positive spiraling effect throughout your day.
Music impacts your productivity in many different ways, including:
- Boosts your performance and accuracy.
- Improves your focus, motivation, and inspiration.
- It releases dopamine, improving your mood.
- It stimulates your brain and improves your energy levels.
Music can be incredibly beneficial, however, too much of it, or the wrong implementation, just like anything else, can have detrimental effects.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when playing music.
Choose the Right Music
Find the tune that is right for you and the work you are doing. If the tempo is wrong for your needs, you can accidentally make a mistake. If the song is too slow, you will soon see yourself at the same pace or fall asleep; too fast or fun, you may start dancing instead of working. Pay attention to your feelings and the thoughts going on as the music plays to evaluate if that music is working for you. Types of music (and sounds) that are known to be helpful with focus and productivity are classical arrangements, cinematic soundtracks, gaming music, nature sounds, binaural beats, and favorite tunes that are known to raise your energy and vibe.
Be Mindful of Your Tasks
You will likely need to experiment with several types of music to support your productivity with different tasks. In other words, some tasks require your complete and undivided attention to do safely and correctly. Others may be boring and tedious and you need to just get moving. Be mindful of which tasks you are doing and carefully evaluate them to ensure your music choice supports your best outcome.
Take Notice When It’s Not Working
“If Mikey likes it” doesn’t work here. Music only works if the person who is listening to it actually likes it. Keep this in mind. You might want to work in small chunks of time to specific types of music and evaluate its effectiveness at your break to see if you want to continue with a particular choice. If you slow down because the tempo is slow, or it irritates you, or even because you like it too much, immediately change the music or turn it off. Just like with anything, especially technology – it only works if the user knows how to use it and pays attention to their actions while being mindful.
Make Sure It Promotes Happiness
While it may not feel like it, the music is actually what’s helping you be productive. When the music is changing the way you feel and making you happier, you are more likely to get into gear. This is why it’s so important to pick the right music and keep it personal. If it doesn’t make you happy, you likely will slow down and produce the opposite results.
Why not experiment a bit the next time you are finding it hard to get to work? Put on a good steady beat and see just how much faster you get things done. If it works for you, consider making a playlist or two, based on the type of work you need to focus on and have it ready to go.
Robin Nordmeyer, PCAC, CLC
ADHD Coach and Life Coach, Executive Skills Coach, Owner/Founder