The power of music

Right now, I’m sitting in the train, waiting for it to reach it’s final destination, which is where I work. It’s 6:46 am. I’ve been up since 5.

What makes it a fun ride is The Cure going at it in my earphones, singing “Don’t you cry tonight”. There’s especially one moment in the song, where Robert Smith makes this kind of hissing sound with his mouth that always makes me smile. It’s a sexy song. It’s far from being a Monday morning song. But that’s what makes it so perfect to listen to on Monday at 6 am.

Music surrounds us. Music is our most faithful companion at all times. Music deserves our outmost attention, almost as much as the clothes we choose to wear every day. Selecting your work playlist, your morning, evening and gym ones is an occupation that can prove to yield the most effective results:

  • When we start our mornings with music that’s energizing and makes us smile and want to shake it, there’s no way we’d want to stay in bed more than needed. One advice though: make sure you switch your morning music every so often, so that it doesn’t become boring.
  • The same playlist played at strategic moments of the day also has it’s perks, motivation wise. Once we’re used to accomplish certain tasks when we hear certain songs, the Pavlovian response is almost immediate: the next time you’ll hear that song (lately, for me, it’s been “London Calling”), you’ll know it’s time to work.
  • In his famous book on procrastination, John Perry advices to choose energizing music to listen to every morning so that the routine: “wake up, make coffee, get to you desk, write” becomes not only more pleasurable, but much easier.
  • Whatever your music preferences, the only thing to make sure of is that the song you choose to wake up to, the one that puts some boogie in your commute, the one that gives you the cue to pick up your project and start thinking or writing puts you in a good mood. Every song or melody we listen to becomes associated with a particular time and place we’ve listened it to in, and sometimes with people and particular emotions. Music is almost as powerful as smell to make you take a stroll down memory lane. It’s up to you to use it wisely to create that perfect space in which you’re most comfortable to wake up or work.

What about you? Do you use music to motivate you? How do you compose your playlists? Do you make sure you don’t listen to the same songs every day or do you enjoy the repetition?

Let me know in the comments below and have a great day!


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