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Science Reveals The Best Music We Should Listen To At Different Time Of A Day

Science Reveals The Best Music We Should Listen To At Different Time Of A Day

Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”  Whether you are pained by life because you have to get up in the morning or work an extra 15 minutes at the gym, music can certainly take the pain of any task away.

In fact, science reveals that music, if specific music is listened to at certain times of the day, it can have an impact on a person’s psychological response to the life. Whether the task you are completing stems from being angry, sad or sluggish, music can alter that state of existence.

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It can cause the brain to focus or defocus, improve cognitive thinking, build confidence, influence action and more. Music is a powerful force that can be an ally any time, day or night…or to fit any mood.

Mornings

If you want to feel confident and on top of the world in the morning, music with heavy bass sounds are best. Whether your choice is hip hop or heavy metal, or a variation thereof, music is known to alter your mood any time of the day, with these genres of music will take you a long way. It is even said to change the way your thought processes works.

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Music can create so much confidence, scientists discovered, that it can prompt a person to take action before others who have not listened to music will.[1]For example, if you lined up a group of people who have not listened to music and ask them to volunteer to hike a mountain trail, you may get a few responses. But, if two members of the group have listened to heavy bass music, research reveals those same two people will immediately volunteer.

Noon – Do you eat lunch at noon or workout?  Music has something for you too.

At meal time, put on some jazz music. Scientists have discovered that jazz music makes any meal taste fantastic.

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Play Time/Exercise – when it is time to pump it up, put on some upbeat, charged music to keep the blood flowing. It is sure to help you complete your workout while keeping your mood elevated for the inevitable pain that could follow.

Driving home from work?  It is best to keep the pumped up music for when you are not behind the wheel. Upbeat music is known to make drivers hit the gas pedal harder than normal.

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Try some music less charged to soften and lift you mood and, maybe, promote you to sing.

Sleepy Time – if orchestras lull you to sleep when you are awake, imagine what they can do when it is time for sleep. Researchers suggest classical music allows people to travel through all the stages of REM and awaken refreshed and recharged for the next day’s adventures.

After a Bad Day

If you feel sad or melancholy after a bad day, music can help you feel the emotion, hear the emotion, embrace the emotion and work through the emotion. That is what scientists say listening to sad music can help us do when we feel down in the dumps. Of course, we are not talking about major depressive disorder, but if an event switched you into a sad space, try playing some sad music in your sacred space. In time, you can work through the difficulties of the matter and move on.

There are many benefits to listening to music. Plus, music has the power to recall memories, change the way we think and influence the way we behave. So intentionally choose your style of music carefully and wisely. It could mean the difference between a successful day and/or a painful existence.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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