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What Music To Listen For a Boost in Productivity? (TPL 07)

Today is the March equinox, the day that symbolizes the first day of Spring. Since the weather is getting warmer and warmer, I decided to take some time and add some really interesting articles for our productivity list.

For those who don’t know, The Productivity List is the place we’re recommending only the best time management & productivity articles we’ve read during the week. If you have some articles you wish to recommend, you can leave a comment on our Facebook page or tweet us @TimeSlotsApp.

This week we’ll be focusing on lowering the stress levels, creating the best productivity music playlist and working slower to boost productivity, but first let’s start with the bad…

Why your time management sucks?

Some people are more successful at time management than others. The only thing you can do about this is to learn from others and apply working tactics to your lifestyle. Sarah Laurence writes an interesting article on the Huffington Post about why time management sucks for some people.

It’s an easy read and I recommend you guys to check it out. Basically, Sarah thinks that most of the times, people can really manage their time due to some instability in the tactics they apply. For example people plan their activities for the day/week but don’t plan the things they actually need to do.

See where I’m getting at? I would go on a limb and say that’s it’s all about good tactics with bad application to people’s lifestyle. For example, you manage your time for a project but not your energy. This can easy be translated into biting more than you can chew – you plan the activities but end up not having enough energy to finish it all.

Improving personal time management at Work

The latest time management article on Business 2 Community focuses on a topic we’ve also discussed on our blog some time ago – Staying focused at work and improving time management.

Most of the ideas showcased in the article circle around the same things we’ve talked about: minimizing distractions, making priority lists, avoiding your phone, etc. I added this article to our productivity list because it somehow completes what we’ve written on the subject.

The things you could add to your personal agenda so you can improve time management at work and stay focused are: taking breaks and saying NO more often. Of course there are some things to take into consideration when you take breaks and say no to people and that’s why you should read the article and tell me what you think.

Using time management to lower stress

Liz Ryan writes on Forbes.com about some time management techniques that can also lower stress in your day to day life. While her advice is solid, I think it’s better to be applied by those who have stressful corporate jobs. If you get your stress from somewhere else, this article may not be for you.

After I read the article I realized I have to work on something so I can lower my stress – I’ll have to think about my future self, and try to make it so I won’t be stressed in the future. I don’t know if that makes sense but it struck a sensitive cord for me. In her article, Liz also talks about taking care of personal things early in the day and having a clean inbox for your email.

Working more slowly boost productivity?

Don’t be skeptical when you read the title of the article. I found that you don’t have to work with light’s speed to be productive. Some times, taking some time to analyze can boost your productivity and this article tends to focus on this.

Basically, if you work more slowly, you’ll realize at least one of the following things:

  • You’re not as busy as you think you are.
  • You can think more rationally.
  • You become a better listener.
  • You’ll be better at rectifying mistakes and avoiding them.
  • You’ll teach your brain to slow down.

specific music boost productivity

Crafting the perfect productivity playlist

I always thought there’s a strong connection between humans & music. This can’t be just something we developed over time, something cultural, there has to be more.

Then… I read this article and it all made sense.

The truth is that people are addicted to music but this addiction is not the bad kind since it can increase our productivity. You’ll turn to your favorite songs when you feel sad, happy or just want to keep on doing whatever you started.

Here’s what music you should listen to increase your productivity, depending on what tasks you’re doing at the moment:

  • Simple tasks – music you’ve heard before.
  • Learning – classical or instrumental music (without lyrics).
  • Favorite tasks (the tasks you’re best at) – the music you love.
  • Creative work – songs paced at 50 to 80 beats per minute.
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Catalin Baciu

Creative & Experienced Jack of all trades: SM, SEO, Video, Web Content. I'm a really passionate guy who loves to write on topics he knows best. Find me on twitter: @BeardedIronMan