Music selection can be a critical decision for managing workflow and defeating distractions. You may want it to hold back the loneliness if you’re a freelancer or solopreneur, but, as our friend Robert McGuire from Nation 1099 (an inspirational site that encourages and empowers entrepreneurs in the gig economy) suggests, you don’t want to constantly have a reason to think things like, “I wonder what Bananarama is up to lately. Let me just check Google real quick.”
Further, Robert suggests, “one trick is to pick just one song and leave it on repeat for hours. That may seem boring, but I find that the repetition gives the right amount of company without being distracting at all. The song fades into the background and you eventually develop a kind of conditioning where this song sets the mood for work.”
I wasn’t much of an electronic music fan, but a lot of my friends are, so I decided to do some exploring. I discovered that the stuff with no vocals is great for getting work done – it keeps you focused and energized without distracting you. If you have writing or coding to do and you need music keep your head in the game, this playlist is great. – Adam Hatch, staff writer and analyst, FreelanceWriting.com
Check out the Work Electronic playlist here.
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Like with the electronic playlist, this is great because when I hear vocals, I can’t focus on what I’m writing. The tempo on this playlist varies, but there are some amazing bands who do incredible things with more traditional rock staples as well as more cutting-edge experimentation. When I need to grind, this is one of my go-to lists. – Adam Hatch, staff writer and analyst, FreelanceWriting.com
Check out the Post Rock Instrumental playlist here.
This is the ultimate reading music. Lots of my work involves serious research, and if things at home aren’t totally silent, plugging into classical is really helpful for promoting focus so I can dig deep. Some of the best composers with strong arrangements are featured, and it serves the double purpose of exposing you to high culture, helping you be a bit snobby at your next cocktail party. – Adam Hatch, staff writer and analyst, FreelanceWriting.com
Check out the Work Classical playlist here.
Glassworks by Philip Glass is easily one of my favorite albums for focusing at work. I love writing while listening to this album because it’s calm yet full of energy. It’s completely instrumental so there are no distracting lyrics, and the way he uses repetition to propel the pieces forward keeps me alert and in the zone. Classical music can often feel too relaxing – try Glass if you’re looking for something to keep you awake (not lull you to sleep). – Geoff Scott, staff writer, FreelanceWriting.com
Check out the Postmodern Minimal Classical playlist here.
Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue is one of the most legendary jazz albums of all time, and for good reason. It has a little bit of everything, and is a collection of five lengthy songs you can let operate in the background or get completely lost in. The tonal landscapes Davis creates with his trumpet are sometimes sad, other times beautiful, but always compelling. Add in legendary saxophonists John Coltrane & Cannonball Adderley, and you have some music that will stimulate your brain but not distract you from the task at hand. – Geoff Scott, staff writer, FreelanceWriting.com
Check out the Jazz, Birth of Cool playlist here.
Give these a spin and let us know what you think!