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How To Maximize Your Productivity With Music: A Complete Guide

How To Maximize Your Productivity With Music: A Complete Guide

Move with the music, think with a tune, bop with a beat — at the office and on the job!

Did you know that listening to music while working helps you be more productive? Well, it’s true. You can literally boost your productivity with the beat. There are several reasons why this is true, but suffice it to say, the most important benefit to listening to music while at work is that it causes you to feel pleasure, and that puts you in a good mood and makes you calm and able to stay focused on your work tasks without your mind wandering. So, now that you know the main benefits of working to music, see how it’s done.

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Step 1: Make sure your workplace allows you to listen to music while working.

If they don’t, then listen to some tunes while on your break. This will allow you some moments of pleasure and calmness that hopefully will last through to the end of your work session.

Step 2: When listening to music at the workplace, keep the volume down on your ear buds.

Do this for two reasons: 1) to protect your hearing, and 2) to keep from being a distraction to coworkers.

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Step 3: Select music that is upbeat and is more instrumental.

We tend to listen to what is being sung when there are vocals, and while working this could cause us to become distracted and off task. By listening to instrumentals, we listen to the music in the background of our minds and remain focused on our job tasks.

Step 4: Bop to the beat without tapping to it.

While staying focused on your work, listen to your music without participating in the making of it by tapping your foot, dancing, or drumming on the desk. Remember, this music is to soothe you and not stimulate you.

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Step 5: Be aware of your surroundings.

Even though you are in the zone with your tunes, there are others around you that may require your attention. So (in the case of working in an office) look up once in a while from your desk or step out of your office and be ready to interact with your superiors or subordinates.

Step 6: Take your music with you on an exercise break.

Many people take a walk during their lunch break to get some fresh air and clear their mind. An added benefit to this exercise is pleasure when you listen to your music while taking your walk. This maximizes the benefit of your lunch break.

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Step 7: Balance your work with your music.

You may not want to listen to your music all the time while you are at work. Sometimes it becomes necessary for your brain to operate in a less pleasurable and less calm state. This might be the case when (as part of your job responsibilities) you must do something not pleasurable, such as anything having to do with delivering bad news. For the time it takes to prepare for these moments, it is best not to listen to music.

Even though scientific research has time and time again proven there is a correlation between the level of work productivity and the music listened to at work, following these seven steps does not guarantee you will become a wiz at the office. Neither does it guarantee your productivity will increase at all, but there is a good chance that you will have a better experience at work. When listening to music, you will have an upbeat approach with a dance in your step that everyone around you will notice and appreciate. You may also find yourself smiling more often because of the pleasure and calmness you are receiving from the rhythm in the tunes you are listening to. You might even find yourself enjoying your job and the people you work with even more!

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The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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