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25 Of The Best Albums To Listen For Increased Productivity

25 Of The Best Albums To Listen For Increased Productivity

It is so true that music really does soothe the savage beast. It can also help you to be more productive at work. It doesn’t matter what type of music you listen to. As long as it is something you enjoy, listening to music can make the work day go a lot faster. A good beat can get you into a rhythm, and popular lyrics you can sing along to help to keep you in a great mood all day long. Just remember to sing under your breath so you don’t bother your co-workers.
There are many different genres of music, and everyone likes something different. Some of the most popular styles of music you will hear in many workplaces include disco, rock and roll, classical, country/western, and jazz. Here are some of the most popular albums within those genres:

Rock & Roll

There are many different sub-genres within the rock and roll genre, and any of them are great to listen to while working, as long as they are what you like listening to. If you work at a job that requires you to be on your feet and moving around, you can add a few fun dance moves while listening to your favorite rock albums. Here are some excellent options:

1 (The Beatles)

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    This album is nothing but number one hits from the Beatles. These songs stand the test of time, and are easy to get down to while you are working.

    Glass Houses (Billy Joel)

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      Listen to some excellent toe tappers, including It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me and You May be Right. This album is great for the middle of the day when you need a bit of a pick me up.

      The Wall (Pink Floyd)

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        Who doesn’t love to sing along to Another Brick in the Wall (We Don’t Need No Education)? This album is a genuine classic, and a great album to listen to when you are just starting your work day. It’s not too heavy, but just rocking enough to get you going for the day.

        The Cars (The Cars)

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          This self-titled album is the first from the band, and has some hits that are still popular today, including Just What I Needed and My Best Friend’s Girl. These are songs are great to work to.

          Appetite for Destruction (Guns & Roses)

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            If you are a fan of heavy metal, this is one album you need to have in your playlist. The songs are all danceable, but have an awesome hard rock edge.

            Rap

            Today, many people like the hip hop beat, and there are many great artists to listen to. This is a good type of music to listen to if you have a job that is really boring. If you can listen to music at work, rap can get you more excited, because it gets the blood racing. Some albums you may want to check out include:

            The World Is Yourz (DDS)

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              This rap album deals with a lot of the issues that many people struggle with every day. You can really relate to the lyrics. If you’re doing repetitive work, there are some great beats to work to so you can really get into a rhythm. Darick Spears self-produced, mixed, mastered and wrote the album himself. Songs on this album include Risen (We Comin Up) and The Rebel of tha Church.

              When Disaster Strikes (Busta Rhymes)

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                This is the second, and undoubtedly the best, Busta Rhymes album. It has some pretty memorable hits, including Dangerous. This album may be old school, but it stands the test of time, and is a great album to get you in the mood to work.

                All Eyez On Me (2Pac)

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                  This album from Tupac Shakur is definitely a personal piece of work. It was released almost as soon as he was released from jail. This is a good album to listen to while you are on a break and want to have something that really pumps.

                  Ready to Die (The Notorious B.I.G.)

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                    This rapper only made two albums, and this may just be one of the best rap albums of all time. Get into the beat and start working up a storm.

                    Get Rich or Die Tryin (50 Cent)

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                      Every song on this album is awesome, and will really get you into the mood to get moving.

                      Disco

                      Everyone makes fun of disco, but secretly, most people really do like it. After all, it is great music to dance to, and there were some pretty fantastic albums from the disco era. This is a great type of music to listen to at work when you need a good energy boost. Some great disco albums to download into your playlist include:

                      YMCA (The Village People)

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                        This album is going to put you into a happy mood, and you can work to a really great beat.

                        Parallel Lines (Blondie)

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                          This is a good album to listen to near the end of the workday when your energy is waning.

                          Saturday Night Fever

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                            Listen to songs from one of the most popular musical movies ever produced. Enjoy your favorites, and use this album to relieve stress, with a mix of fast and slow songs.

                            Dynasty (KISS)

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                              While KISS is best known for being a hard rock band, they broke into the disco scene in 1979 with this album. Hits like I was Made for Loving You will really get you into a great mood, and you will want to get up and dance.

                              Disco’s Greatest Hits (Various Artists)

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                                The best disco songs can be found on this album, from Disco Inferno to Ring My Bell to The Hustle and many more. These songs will make you want to tap your feet and move around.

                                Classical

                                Many people don’t want to listen to music that is going to get their adrenaline pumping. For instance, someone who really needs to concentrate doesn’t need lyrics that will distract them. Classical music provides the sounds they need to relax them, but no lyrics. Early in the day, you may want one of the more quiet albums, and you may like something powerful like Beethoven’s 5th later in the day. You will also find great lyrical classical music in some amazing operas. Check out such composers and albums as:

                                Jazz

                                There are many different types of jazz, and much of it is really upbeat and fun to listen to. A great example of fun jazz is the Dixieland sound. There are some great songs within this jazz sub-genre, and you can enjoy vocal and instrumental albums. A word of warning, some of the vocal tunes are so catchy you won’t be able to keep from singing along. Here are some of the best jazz albums to listen to while you are working:

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                                Kind of Blue (Miles Davis)

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                                  This is one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and for good reason. The album showcases some legendary jazz musicians, the songs are simple and easy to listen to.

                                  The Essential Charlie Parker (Charlie Parker)

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                                    This artist was one of the creators of bebop, and was an instrumental virtuoso. You can really get into these instrumental hits that highlight the best of jazz.

                                    Incredible Jazz Guitar (Wes Montgomery)

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                                      Guitar lovers will enjoy this album, which obviously features pretty much nothing but guitars. You’ll be tapping your toes, and before you know it the day will have flown by.

                                      Head Hunters (Herbie Hancock)

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                                        While maybe best known for his electronic music in the 1980’s, Hancock was a huge influence in jazz, introducing the synthesizer to the genre. Enjoy a steady, rhythmic beat and electronic sounds that will keep you in a perky mood.

                                        Playlist: The Very Best of Louis Armstrong (Louis Armstrong)

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                                          If you love Dixieland jazz, you will adore anything from this artist. This album will having you bopping around the office to tunes like Mack the Knife and other great jazz hits.

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                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                          • (1) Research
                                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                                          • (3) Creating the outline
                                          • (4) Drafting the content
                                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                          • (6) Revision
                                          • (7) etc.

                                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                          2. Change Your Environment

                                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                          6. Get a Buddy

                                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                          Reality check:

                                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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