Performance Enhancing Music #Careerlions
A day without music, personally speaking, is a day not lived. Music is a big part of my day. It is not just because I enjoy listening to it, but I have also found music to make all the difference in terms of my mood and performance. Studies also indicate that the right music can lead to among others an improved mood, arousal control, enhanced work output, improved skill acquisition, flow states, and positive distractions. Today’s blog will elaborate more on some of these benefits and provide you with my personal playlists to help you do the job.
Music as a Distraction
Reading How to Perform Under Pressure by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P.Pawliw-Fry, I learned that music also makes a difference in handling pressure moments. By listening to music, you can distract yourself from anxiety. Your thoughts and arousal can be brought to manageable levels, listening to music. However, this is especially true for tasks that you can do on automatic pilot. When trying to learn a new task, music can interfere with your ability to learn and concentrate. Besides distraction from anxiety, music can also function as a distraction from pain and fatigue during endurance activities.
Liona’s distraction track is Lapdance by NERD:
My personal favorite is C O O L by Le Youth:
If you are looking for a legal and harmless stimulant, look no further. Upbeat music will do the job. Slow music, on the contrary, has more of a sedative effect. Motivational music can lead to bursts of intensity such as explosive power, strength, and productivity. Research has also indicated that synchronous music increases the chance that athletes work harder for a longer period of time.
We have written about flow before, for instance in the blog about positive psychology. Flow is where you fully concentrated and engaged in an activity, feeling “in the zone”. In this state, your mind and body seem to focus on auto-pilot with minimal conscious effort. When I am dancing, I need to be in this flow more than anything. Once I start thinking about what I am doing, mistakes are made (big time). However, even when I am working or writing for the blog I feel the need to be in some sort of a trance. Music helps me find this mode and research indicates that I am not the only one. Especially when there is a lot of noise in my surroundings, I tend to pick up my headphones. If I don’t, I will probably end up eavesdropping unintentionally and find one way or another to be distracted. I generally like to listen to piano, jazz or techno/tech-house music to obtain a flow state. The rule is basically no lyrics. To truly be in the zone, I find that this can start getting distracting. Especially, when I start feeling the need to sing along with Beyoncé that is. Here, are some of my playlists I use to be in the zone:
What does music mean to you and do for you? Do you have particular playlists to get in the zone for fitness or work? Share it with us below. I am always in for new recommendations!