A week into Bangkok’s emergency decree, some of us are beginning to miss our regular day-to-day lives. Whether you’re struggling to find work-life balance while #WFH, or a working parent who misses office environment, we’ve reached a point where being productive has become quite the challenge. In such instances, music can reduce your anxiety while increasing your productivity.
The fact music can motivate you to stay productive and focused isn’t entirely new — recent studies suggest that listening to music can improve concentration and boost mental performance in the office. As Karen Landay — former professional violinist — once said in an interview with the BBC, “Historically, music and work have always been intertwined. Think about romantic visions of peasants singing as they harvest, or sea chanteys sung by sailors as they work on their ships. And since most people enjoy listening to music of some kind in at least some contexts, it’s perfectly natural to feel that music must have some sort of positive impact on our work.”
Of course, how productive you are depends on what songs you’ve got on your playlist — some types of music are more distracting than others. If we base it on statistics, background music with lyrics generally has negative side effects on our attention span. To help you discover the perfect #WFH playlist, we’ve rounded up four of our favourites, ranging from instrumental to ambient soundscapes, to listen to while working from home:
Concentration Jazz for Work and Studying
As lyrics force us to shift focus from our work, what about opting for a calming jazz soundscape for your daily tasks?
“1/1” by Brian Eno
The British musician composed in 1978 an entire album of “ambient music,” which was designed to be continuously looped as a sound installation to “induce calm and a space to think.”
“Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting,” Eno said of his “Ambient 1: Music for Airports” album.
While stuck at home during your voluntary or mandatory quarantine, rediscover the benefits of taking a stroll through nature with this relaxing soundscape.
Rainy Days in Tokyo
This hour-long compilation blends lo-fi hip-hop, jazz hop, chill-hop and jazz hop, making it ideal for “chilling, studying and relaxing.”
This story was first published via AFP Relaxnews.