All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
How does music elevate us? Does it at all? If yes, how? (why so many questions?) You’ve probably noticed that while in your jam, you’re much more efficient at whatever you do. Or at least you feel like it.
A wise man once said: “Stop. (now’s the time to think how it’s all possible) Hamer time!”
You’re probably an adult, right? At least the last time you’ve checked your ID it stated that you’re eligible for a drivers license and a beer? You might have a job and maybe you’ve found yourself liking what you do. Congrats! Now get back to being a grown-up! Think: “How to use music to motivate yourself better for work?” We don’t really know why, but grown-ups tend to strive for results.
Music helps… as always
The power of sounds combined into a rhythm with beats and vocals is immense indeed. Psychology explains why is it that every time you listen, you act. The nervous system within the human body responses to a multitude of stimulants. Among them is the sound. Let’s assume that you plug your ears with earbuds and blast something good. Your own body reacts to the music you like by opening the airways a bit more, accelerating your heart rate, priming your muscles for whatever comes next. This triggers a chain reaction of massive consequences, while still so minor compared to the overall performance of your very music-listening self. How?
Harmony or balance
Just the right rhythm alone can help regulate the pulse. Scientist proved that the perfectly chosen playlist can help athletes beat their own records. By syncing their moves with the right rhythm(at the right pacing and one that the runner find cool) the muscles move more efficient and faster while using less oxygen! It’s like a legal doping. Not running the marathon because you’re chained to a desk with the task that’s as boring as time-consuming? Balance it out with right-paced music and it’ll seem more of a mechanical chore, rather than something a mindbending puzzle.
Music affects the coordination of your brain by forcing more interactions between certain areas of your think-bucket.
Basically, music makes you think… Harder, better, faster, stronger. (high-five, hive mind)
The beat, the main drive of any musical piece, a set or a system of sounds within particular timeframes. Repeated throughout the track can not only set the pace for the tune. Yes, it can make the track awesome, or ruin it like Justin Bieber being born. Most importantly though, it works on your brain in a way you might not have known yet. ( if you did, why didn’t you tell us about it?!) Apart from telling your brain something like “oh man! This is your jam now!” It helps you synchronize most of the things going down within your skull. Brainwaves become brain-tsunamis and once that tide is on, you’re surfing on top of it all like the 60’s never ended.
The coordination of repetitive muscle movements makes for their readiness for more, your focus heightened due to increased oxygen delivered. Your mind will alleviate the negative aspects of your predicament and help you focus on solutions to problems, or even better. Psychologist proved that people are much more motivated and stay focused while under the influence of music they like.
Now, how cool is that?
Pretty much. Next time you’ll have a hard time at work due to stress or overall too-much-of-it-all situation, just sit back and play something you like. Take five (we’ll never be able to thank you enough for that Mr. Brubeck!), gather your thoughts, strengths and don’t stop the music!
Ride on, whether it’s your lightning, brainwave or a seven mile long, ancient snake. (Now we’ve squeezed at least three musical references in once sentence, obviously while listening to “Take five”)
Adult or not, listen up and listen (to) good (music)!