“Focus on being productive instead of busy” is a great quote from Tim Ferriss’ book, 'The 4-Hour Workweek'. Being (and staying) productive can be an extremely challenging part of work. Whether you’re a member of the corporate world or self-employed, too often we think that as long as we’re keeping busy, we’re being ‘productive’. However, these two words have different meanings.
By no means do I excuse myself from falling into this trap, as I do it quite often. Sometimes I have to remind myself of Ferriss’ advice in order for my brain to flip that switch, and not just do things throughout the day to keep myself busy. Actually waking up with a prioritized plan for the day, even if it only includes one or two tasks, will keep you moving forward and give you some sense of fulfillment at the end of the day.
My music catalog is extensive and includes quite a bit of stuff that I’m even embarrassed to admit I have, but I know I’m not the only one. Music is a ‘mood’ thing. When we’re sad, we may listen to more somber music. When we’re feeling happy, we listen to more upbeat music. When I go to the gym, I want music that is going to create an energetic feeling that will motivate me to push my limitations, and keep me going.
I think productive work needs that same type of influence. What I listen to when I want to get shit done is very similar to what I listen to when I’m working out. If you pick the right stuff, you can fall into that sort of trance where you become so focused that time flies and you are actually being PRODUCTIVE.
You can find any number of methods for productivity, but here are 4 ways you can use music to be more productive: