Whether you are pounding out another eight solid hours in the office or you are putting in the kilometres of road work before a big race at the weekend, music is a powerful tool for many people who find it can focus and calm them.
Of course, there are also folk who prefer to be left to their own devices, wanting to be able to hear themselves think or breathe no matter what it is they are applying themselves to.
However, in this article we look at the ways different types of music can help you both in your place of work as well as during the activities you partake in once you clock off each evening.
Music to Help You Stay in the Zone at Work
In many ways, it is the type of work you do that will determine the sorts of music you should listen to, but with more and more people these days working in front of a computer – be that in an office or from the comfort of their own home – let us just assume we are not talking about sound technicians or dentists here.
With that said, the last thing you want as you craft that perfect email or draft the dream sales pitch is to have lyrics distracting you.
That means that the best music genres for concentration and focus are those that are purely instrumental, such as classical music or even certain forms of dance music. If none of that does it for you, why not try a specially designed soundtrack, such as the ones that mimic cooling rain pattering on a tree-lined country lake. Just make sure annoying adverts do not pop up to shatter your zen-like state.
Some forms of music are scientifically proven to help work performance
Tunes to Keep You Calm as the Pressure Mounts
Whether you are in a high-pressure situation at work or the tension is mounting in a particular game you are engaged in at home, music is always there to shoulder burden.
For advice on what to listen to in such situations it is often wise to consult people who are at the top of their field, to see what works for them.
For example, choosing music to listen to is doubly important for pro online gamers, who not only have to worry about their level of play, but also must choose tunes that will appease the followers of their online streams. Some of the best in the business listen non-stop to either Smooth Jazz or some Deep House/Techno.
These genres of music are similarly great stress relievers away from the gaming tables in the likes of offices or co-working spaces.
Used in the right way, music can help you zone in on the task at hand
Motivational Music to Keep You Pumped
Sometimes everyone needs to wallow or mourn with the help of a classic slow ballad, but when you are done feeling sorry for yourself you will need something to get that heart pumping and that has the power to launch you back out into the world.
Luckily there are so many individual tracks tailor made for such eventualities, with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell right up there, along with Perfect Day by Lou Reed. Before you know it, you may just be motivated to have a perfect day yourself.
Bangers That Encourage You to Let It All Hang Out
Let us not forget that on occasion music is a part of our lives for nothing more than to get the party started, whether that be at your office Christmas bash or at a downtown club on a wild Friday night.
The go-to bangers of the last few decades are tracks rooted in dance music, with The Chemical Brothers, Major Lazer and Robyn producing some of the best, so seek them out, pump up the volume, leave work coughing in your dust and obliterate all your worries with bass and soaring key changes.