By Editor Mosa Mahlangu
We all have some sort of relationship with music and have been mesmerised by it for the longest of time. While man in his limited vocabulary can at best describe it as beauty and emotion, music is a farstretched, eternal galaxy. Knowing our love for mysteriously infinite things, we have been captivated by music in our personal lives and continued to nurse a deep connection with songs way past the 4- or 5-minute cut-off mark on the media player or music interface. It’s a bit arguable that music is noncommittal. However, when done right and with understanding of one’s self, music can also enrich our professional lives.
Amongst other things, I am a synesthetes. In layman’s terms, when I receive information through one sense, a few of my other senses get stimulated. Music of all sorts, interesting and weird sounds, and coloristic art constitute a key part in my workflow and productivity. Different sounds, articulations from musical instruments, chords, and noises influence parts of my brain to heighten, enhancing my attention to detail, focus, visual perception, and flexibility. When working in busy environment or feeling like I need a boost, opening Deezer and enjoying new songs does not disappoint.
At first, the downside to it would reveal itself when the listening experience would start to get tedious. I noticed that perhaps finding fresh music everyday would make things better. It sure did. But I was faced with a greater dilemma. Some of the news song are so Interstellar, I cannot help but stop doing work and drown in the new song. I am simple guy. It just takes one piece of great sound design, a crazy four-part chord progression, crazy backing vocals (which are not a point of interest for many) or just anything tiny and well-executed to hook me. So, I’ve had to discipline myself and revisit the dope song after doing work (because if I don’t, I will take time to finish) or just stop listening to music especially when I take on cognitively demanding tasks.
Music is life and sure enhances my productivity and work rate, but it throws me off when taking new information in or dealing with a difficult task requires silence. All of us are affected by music differently and there is no direct relationship between music and productivity. Understand yourself and enjoy🧡.