Music to help you focus

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Playlists & music for concentration

Do you ever have trouble focusing on your work, especially when there are distractions around you? If so, then you’re not alone.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about “flow.” But what is it, really? Flow is that magical state of mind where you’re so focused on the task at hand that all else fades away. Time flies and you’re in the zone. It’s a great feeling, and one thing that can help us get into flow is music.
In this blog post, we’ll share some idea playlists and genres of music that can help you stay focused while working, studying or gaming. We’ll skip the scientific research citations in this article, but it’s been proven time after again: listening to music dramatically increases productivity and boosts creativity! We invite you to keep an open mind and try different playlists and genres. You just might be surprised which of them work for you.
There are plenty of Spotify playlists specifically designed to help you focus and stay productive such as lofi beats, peaceful piano, jazz in the background, instrumental study, Study Beats and Work Music. We’ve shared mostly Spotify playlists here as it doesn’t require  a paid subscription to preview them. We did however, include one Apple Music playlist.

Different types of music that can help you focus

There are many people who believe that classical music is the perfect genre for focusing and concentrating while working or studying. Make sure to the read the playlist descriptions and choose those that mention they are meditative to be sure they are not dramatic pieces and stressful to listen to.
Ambient Noise
If you find that classical music is too distracting, try ambient noise instead. There are a variety of websites and apps that offer calming background sounds to help you focus. Not exactly musical but many prefer light noises rather than music. 

If you prefer listening to albums instead of playlists, you can sample artists such as Brian Eno, GAS and Oval.


Several genres
Playlists specifically designed to help you focus – There are plenty of Spotify playlists out there that are focused on helping you stay productive, such as “Work Music” and “Study Beats“. Genres include “Lo-Fi” instrumental, “Ambient Instrumental”, Chillhop, Peaceful Piano, Jazz in the background.

Or if you’re looking from something different still, check out our Spotify playlist! The sound waves are bit wide ranging including ambient and chill-hop as well Japanese electronica. It’s updated regularly.

Instrumental Pop & Rock
If you prefer your concentration music to be a little more ‘mainstream’, try pop or rock without the vocals. If you prefer lyrics and melody, a playlist with an even tempo is ideal. Something like “Work Music 2022”
Soundtracks and Scores
Movie soundtracks and scores are a great source of music that can help provide focus for your work day or study session. A couple of examples include the Harry Potter soundtrack discography and the Outlander television soundtrack volume 1.
Subscribe to a newsletter like Flow State that offers an instrumental music recommendation every weekday to help you on your focus  journey. It’s a great way to get new ideas and explore different musical “flow” genres.

Wearing a good pair of headphones will make your concentration journey better. noise cancelling ones are the best!

Have you ever tried listening to music to help you focus? Or maybe you’ve used music to achieve flow while working on a project. If not, give it a try! Check out the different types of music that have been shown to be helpful for productivity and see if any of them work for you. There’s no harm in giving it a shot, and you may find that your day-to-day workflow is improved by adding some background tunes. Happy focusing!

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