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Music You Should Listen to Make You More Productive

This is what you should be listening to so you could get all your projects and studying done!
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Ever have days when you just want to lay in bed all day and do nothing? With finals week fast approaching, there's no excuse for you to slack off and keep procrastinating. We listed down the best music to keep you productive, while doing the things you don't want to do. Music after all makes boring and repetitive tasks more enjoyable. Keep your focus in check and not let your mind wander off to things you'd rather be doing RN.

  1. Classical music for the genius in you.

Ever heard of the "Mozart Effect"? Research done in the early nineties suggests that listening to music like Mozart's will increase your intelligence. And according to a 2013 study, listening to classical music improved the visual attention of patients with stroke. (via blog.hubspot.com)

  1. Music without words for hard-to-do tasks.

The lyrics could be a bit distracting that you're likely to mouth the words, then break out into song at any minute. Listening to music that doesn't have lyrics is best when you're doing complex tasks where problem-solving is your major task. (via chopra.com)

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  1. Feel good songs you enjoy for when you just CAN'T anymore.

When you feel stressed or burned out, this is the best music to get you going and be more productive. Teresa Lesiuk from a music therapy program at the University of Miami told the New York Times that "When you're stressed, you might make a decision more hastily; you have a very narrow focus of attention. When you're in a positive mood, you're able to take in more options." (via businessinsider.com)

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  1. Ambient noise for that creative genius in you.

Ambient noise or nature sounds are best when you want to let your creative juices flowing. "Natural" sounds like waves at the beach can also improve your ability to concentrate. (via helpscout.net)  

  1. Video game music to unlock the next level of focus and productivity in you.

Even if you're not much of a gamer, there's a reason why video game soundtracks were created and that is to keep their players in deep focus. Video game music is engineered for players to enjoy while staying in focus as they unlock the next level of the game. (via makeuseof.com)

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

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