For me, the hardest thing about being productive
Clock Ticking Pomodoro Timer
The moment I started using Pomotodo* – a simple Pomodoro app – I started seeing significant improvements to my productivity. But it was not only about the 25-minute periods of focus combined with a 5-minute break. I realized that a simple clock ticking enormously helped
*Pomotodo is great but for some reason they were kicked out of the Google Play Store for that reason I don’t recommend them anymore.
Focus music is another very good way to get into flow. In addition to the clock ticking noise, I tried and used hundreds of “focus music” tracks on YouTube while studying or working. For me, focus music – as I call it – works. If I work without it I am way less productive. That’s why I always work or study with focus music.
Here is a selection of what you might listen to while working productively:
- Alpha waves music
- Classical Music for Studying
- Lofi Study Music
- Trance to Study By (I actually wrote 70%+ of my B.A. thesis with this 8-hour mix)
- Trance to Study By (New 12h version)
In addition to the free stuff on YouTube, you might obviously use your existing music streaming subscription to listen to some classical music. You can also search for Alpha Waves, Lofi, or Trance on Spotify (or your equivalent). But if you use music streaming services, pay attention to not act as your own DJ while studying. Don’t browse new music, skip tracks or whatever. That’s why I personally prefer YouTube mixes or one of the following ways:
I invested 6,99€ on Google Play Music and bought this collection of classical music. It only costs you 6,99€ once and you can listen to a great selection of classical music forever and wherever – offline or online without a monthly subscription!
Lately, I have been experimenting with Brain.fm, it is a service that costed me around 30€ for one year. I tried a few free brain.fm sessions and saw an increase in productivity. What I like most about brain.fm is that you simply press play and you’re in the “zone” within minutes. No need for selecting the best track, playlist, or whatever. Try it out, it’s free for the first 5 sessions!
In summary I can say that for me, music became an important part of being productive. It is even more crucial in open office spaces where productivity is literally impossible without headphones. Apropos, while speaking about headphones, you DON’T NEED $300 noise cancelling headphones from Bose or Sony. Use these 8€ Panasonic in-ear headphones (US/DE) they are great!
I hope my tips help you have a more productive life.
Let me know in the comments how you use music to be productive and which playlist you are listening to!