Jamming out to your favorite tunes while working out is one thing. It’s normal to see people at the gym with earbuds in, and for us gym rats it’s a key part of exercising.
But jamming out while you’re writing a brief or pouring over a contract?
As it turns out, some music, due to its sturctured or formal nature helps with your ability to concentrate. Some tunes, just by their association, can trigger states of deep thought.
So if you find yourself unable to concentrate in this world of distraction, think about cultivating a playlist you can fire up to put yourself into “thinking mode.”
As Ron Hale-Evans writes in “Mind Performance Hacks“, music has always been used to change people’s moods. And if you pick some music for the specific purpose working in a deep state of concentration, you’ll help condition your response when you listen to it:
Condition yourself to think while this music is playing so that it becomes a kind of musical thinking cap: put it on and you become a thinker for the duration.
Hale-Evans suggests Bach, as well as the ambient music of Brian Eno, specifically “Thinking Music, Part IV“.
Why Eno and ambient music (which isn’t for everyone)? Put simply, according to Eno, “Ambient Music is intended to induce calm and a space to think.”
And you don’t have to make a big investment in a music library to see if certain music will do it for you. If you want to check out what Brian Eno or Tiesto can do for your mind, fire up Pandora and let the Music Genome Project create a radio station for you.