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Good music is key to optimal productivity

Good music is key to optimal productivity


Completing tasks at home might be easier than doing them in school or at work but this isn’t effective for everyone. Not everyone has enough space to build their own study or work corner at home to avoid possible distractions. Some people have to do their tasks in the living room or their own bedroom where a lot of things can mess with their concentration, such as loud neighbors or their own bed.

These factors urge them to ignore pending tasks and just laze around. And honestly, that’s fine. It’s normal to not be productive, especially during a pandemic.

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But for students who still have to attend online classes and professionals who need to work remotely, being productive must be in the routine. And as someone who’s part of this group, I’ve started looking for ways to help me get things done. I’ve tried a lot of things (and failed just as much, to be honest) but I finally found one that works for me: listening to good music.

Good music may mean different things for different people, but in this case, I’ve listed playlists featuring songs that are scientifically-backed as “good.”

Since discovering this, I’ve never left the Spotify app. I’ve probably even memorized all the songs in the playlists below (yes, even the piano instrumentals).

Lo-Fi Indie

The deliberate beat distortion technique used in low-fidelity (lo-fi) music is what stimulates the brain. The mind picks up the different musical elements used in a song which helps you focus on the task at hand. This playlist is ideal for people who experience mental block or need to finish their outputs as soon as possible.

Classical Focus

If songs with lyrics distract you, then Beethoven, Mozart and Bach can be your companions during study or work hours. According to a research by scientist Rollin McCarty, classical compositions can help boost your mood, relax your mind and allow the brain to be more receptive to information.

Nature Noise

Nothing can ever go wrong with nature. The sounds of rain, birds chirping and calm waves hitting the shore are found to optimize concentration and enhance the brain’s cognitive function.

Electronic Concentration

Believe it or not, electronic music can also set your mental mood. When the brain is anticipating a bass drop, its dopamine level increases. That way, you can easily concentrate on repetitive tasks.

Now if all these playlists still don’t work for you, try creating your own. Look for genres that can get you in the mood to finish your daily tasks. Who knows, heavy metal might even be the string of motivation you’re looking for.


Header photo courtesy of sgcdesignco on Unsplash

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Writer: KLEO CATIENZA © 2020. Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc.