How to Choose the Right Music to Help You Accomplish Your Goals

Though your life may not be a Tarantino movie, you may wish for it to have a similar soundtrack. Humans have a close relationship with music, one  which was developing far before recorded history began. Focus music of many varieties helps us apply concentrated attention to a task, much more than we’d easily put forth if we were to sit in silence. Not everyone finds music useful in this way, but for those of us who do, the following bands and genres may be a great place to start. 

Music for Work, Study, and Creativity

Many of us listen to music at work, while studying, or while writing/painting/designing/etc. However, perhaps you find it hard to discover music that’s well suited to this purpose. In general, most people find that focus music works best when it doesn’t have prominent lyrics, at least lyrics that are in our own language. 

Our brains naturally follow speech. Even if you aren’t listening closely to words sung or spoken, your brain still registers what’s being said on some level, and this may be enough to distract you from the task to which you wish to apply yourself. Most radio pop music is very lyrics/vocals-forward. The vocalist is louder than any other musical element, and this can make it a poor choice for work or study. 

Though your life isn’t a Tarantino movie, you may wish for it to have a similar soundtrack. Humans have a close relationship with music. This relationship was developing before recorded history began. Focus music of many varieties helps us apply concentrated attention to tasks, much more than we’d put forth if we were to sit in silence. Not everyone finds music useful in this way, however; but for those of us who do, the following bands and genres may be a great place to start. 

Music for Work, Study, and Creativity

Many of us listen to music at work, while studying, or while writing, painting, designing, and so on. Perhaps you find it hard to discover music that’s well suited to this purpose. In general, most people find that focus music works best when it doesn’t have lyrics, or at least lyrics that are in our own language. 

Our brains naturally follow speech. Even if you aren’t listening closely to words sung or spoken, your brain still registers what’s being said on some level, and this may be enough to distract you from the task to which you wish to apply yourself. Most radio pop music is very lyrical and reliant on vocals. The vocalist is louder than any other musical element, and this can make it a poor choice for work and study. 

If you like that style of music, choose tunes that are sung in a language you don’t speak. This will give you the sound you like, without distraction. Alternately, you could choose music where vocals play a more background role, in which the words are indiscernible, or where the vocals are absent. 

Music for Energy

If you want to keep up your energy throughout the workday, energetic music can help you do so. Fortunately, energizing genres like dance music, hip hop, and metal are virtually endless. Find some Youtube or Spotify playlists in genres that you enjoy, and let the jams wash over until you find specific artists you like the best. Then follow those artists ever deeper into the rabbit hole that best suits your purposes. 

Some people find that ambient and classical music works well for focus. Pay close attention to the effect of soothing music on your productivity. You don’t want to grow so relaxed that your output suffers. However, if “Lo-Fi Hip Hop Beats” doesn’t subdue your work ethic, keep that vibe pumping through your ear buds all day long. 

Music for Mood

It’s important to pay attention to your mood while working, as it’s possible to feel very energetic while still being frustrated or unhappy. Pay attention to how much time you spend ingesting major-key and minor-key songs. Also be sure to pace yourself. You may feel strongly uplifted by the first hour of K-Pop may feel uplifting, but by the end of the workday your mood may have shifted toward the frantic. 

Pacing a goal-setting playlist is a bit like running a marathon. You’ve got to find a cadence that sustains your best working mood through the thick and the thin. With practice and the more music that you know, the better you’ll be able to accomplish this task. 

Not all of us need to play music to hit our goals, but it’s an indispensable step for others. Make sure to save the albums, songs, and playlists that work best for you, and always be looking for new music. Sometimes it’s the new discoveries that stimulate us to accomplish our goals the best. In the end, your goals and your music choices are your own. Good luck!

If you like that style of music, choose tunes that are sung in a language you don’t speak. This will give you the sound you like, without the distractions. Alternately, you could choose music in which vocals play a more background role, in which the words are indiscernible. or in which vocals are totally absent. 

Music For Energy

If you want to keep up your energy throughout the workday, energetic music can help you do so. Fortunately, energizing genres like dance music, hip hop, and metal are virtually endless. Find some Youtube or Spotify playlists in genres that you enjoy, and let the jams wash over until you find specific artists you like the best. Then follow those artists ever deeper into the rabbit hole that best suits your purposes. 

Some people find that relaxing music like ambient and classical works well for focus. Pay close attention to the effect of soothing music on your productivity. You don’t want to grow so relaxed that your output suffers. However, if “Lo-Fi Hip Hop Beats” doesn’t subdue your work ethic, keep that vibe pumping through your ear buds all day long. 

Music For Mood

It’s important to pay attention to your mood while working, as it’s possible to feel very energetic while still being frustrated or unhappy. Pay attention to how much time you spend ingesting major-key and minor-key songs. Also be sure to pace yourself. You may feel strongly uplifted by the first hour of K-Pop may feel uplifting, but by the end of the workday your mood may have shifted toward the frantic. 

Pacing a goal-setting playlist is a bit like running a marathon. You’ve got to find a cadence that sustains your best working mood through the thick and the thin. With practice and the more music that you know, the better you’ll be able to accomplish this task. 

Not all of us need to play music to hit our goals, but it’s an indispensable step for others. Make sure to save the albums, songs, and playlists that work best for you, and always be looking for new music. Sometimes it’s the new discoveries that stimulate us to accomplish our goals the best. In the end, your goals and your music choices are your own. We simply wish you the best!