If you're a procrastinator, you should try curating your playlist to be more productive. Yep, that's a thing. Apparently the music you're listening to can change the way you work, and make you more productive. Or less productive, if you're listening to the wrong music. So pull out your headphones if you work in an office, or crank the stereo if you work from home, and prepare to get super productive. Lifehacker's Jory Mackay has written an article describing what music goes best with what tasks, and if you want to check it out there's a handy little infographic here.
Mackay has lots of advice in his comprehensive report, and music lovers should rejoice. I remember being in high school and my mum always telling me off for playing music while I worked. Turned out she was only right SOME of the time. How does that feel, mum? In some instances it was BENEFICIAL for me to be listening to music! BRB, going to turn up the Ed Sheeran right now. Here comes the dopamine rush... If you want to know what you should be whistling while you work, take the following advice to curate your playlist to the task at hand:
1. "Simple, Repetitive Tasks" = "Songs That Make You Happy"
Examples: "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, or "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls.
2. "Problem Solving Tasks" = "Songs Paced At 50-80 BPM, Minimal Lyrics"
Examples: "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus, or "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake.
3. "Learning Something New" = "Classical, Instrumental, Or No Music At All"
Examples: "Kind Of Blue" by Miles Davis, or Mozart's Serenade for 13 Winds in B-flat major, K. 361 "Gran Partita".
So go forth, curate, be productive.