How To Use Music For Focus To Get Your Work Done

by | Jun 10, 2024 | Blog, Entrepreneurship

Trying to get deep work done, but having trouble staying focused? Intrusive thoughts, mind wandering, daydreaming all affect our productivity.

Experiment with some focus music in the background as you work. The apps listed below use a variety of mechanisms to improve concentration and productivity. Here’s how they work:

  1. Soundscapes and Background Noise
  • Apps like Noisli offer customizable soundscapes (e.g., rain, wind, forest sounds) that help create a consistent auditory environment. They can mask distracting sounds in your environment.
  1. Binaural Beats and Brainwave Entrainment
  • Binaural beats involve playing two slightly different frequencies in each ear. The brain perceives a third frequency, which is the difference between the two. For example, if one ear hears a tone at 300 Hz and the other at 310 Hz, the brain will perceive a 10 Hz beat.
  • These beats can influence brainwave patterns, encouraging states associated with focus (beta waves, 14-30 Hz) or relaxation (alpha waves, 8-13 Hz). Apps like Brain.fm use this principle to help users achieve desired mental states.
  1. Music Structure
  • Music tracks without lyrics prevent the brain from processing language, which can be distracting. Playlists like Spotify’s Deep Focus or Peaceful Piano feature instrumental tracks that promote concentration.
  • Music with a steady tempo and minimal dynamic changes helps maintain a flow state. Tracks that are too fast, slow, or variable can disrupt focus.
  1. Mood Regulation
  • Music for focus can influence mood and arousal levels. Calm, soothing music can reduce stress and anxiety, creating a positive mental state more conducive to concentration. Conversely, slightly upbeat music can energize and motivate.
  1. Cognitive Load Management
  • Music that is simple and repetitive requires less cognitive processing, leaving more cognitive resources available for the primary task. This is why ambient and minimalist music is often recommended for focus like typing or coding.
  1. Personalization and Adaptation
  • Some apps, like Brain.fm, use AI to generate music for focus that adapts in real-time to the user’s state and the type of task they are performing. They allow you to select and mix different types of sounds and music This personalized approach can enhance the effectiveness of the music for focus and productivity.

Spotify

  1. Deep Focus – A playlist with ambient and instrumental music designed to help with concentration. Deep Focus on Spotify
  2. Peaceful Piano – A playlist of calming piano pieces. Peaceful Piano on Spotify
  3. Focus Flow – A mix of downtempo beats and melodic electronic music. Focus Flow on Spotify

YouTube

  1. LoFi Hip Hop Radio – Beats to Relax/Study to – A 24/7 live stream of lo-fi hip hop music. LoFi Hip Hop Radio on YouTube
  2. Calm Piano Music 24/7 – Relaxing music for stress relief and concentration. Calm Piano Music on YouTube
  3. Ambient Study Music To Concentrate – 4 Hours of Music for Studying, Concentration, and Work – A mix of ambient music designed for focus. Ambient Study Music on YouTube

Apple Music

  1. Focus – A playlist of electronic and instrumental tracks for concentration. Focus on Apple Music
  2. Pure Focus – Instrumental music that promotes concentration and mindfulness. Pure Focus on Apple Music
  3. Instrumental Study – Soothing instrumentals for studying and working. Instrumental Study on Apple Music

Other Platforms

  1. fm – A service that offers music specifically engineered to help with focus, relaxation, and sleep. Brain.fm
  2. Noisli – A mix of customizable background sounds to help with focus and productivity. Noisli

Noise masking, brainwave entrainment, structured music, mood regulation, cognitive load management, and personalization create an auditory environment that enhances focus and productivity. The effectiveness can vary from person to person, so experiment with different types of focus music.

Need more help in the focus department? Contact me at Rebecca@MindfulCommunication.com.
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