Here’s How You Can Use Music to Focus

Do you often find your mind wandering while you’re trying to study? Here’s something surprising you can use to get yourself back on track and focus – music. But how does it work?


Reduce your stress


A 2021 study showed that patients in ICU felt much less stressed after listening to music for 30 minutes. You probably already know about the calming effects of music – it’s pretty common to put on some tunes when you want to wind down and relax. The less stressed you are, the more you can focus on what’s in front of you, whether that’s study or at the gym.


Block out distractions


The sounds of traffic, people talking, your favourite show playing on the TV in the other room…these can all distract you from the important task at hand. Popping on a pair of headphones and playing some music blocks out all these other distractions, letting you focus more on what you’re doing.


Motivate you to get things done


We all probably have a favourite “pump up” song – the one you play when you need to get yourself into the mood to get things done. If you’ve got a big study session or important test coming up, playing some upbeat or encouraging music can get you in the right head space and feeling ready for anything.


What kind of music is best?


Generally, music that’s slightly slower in tempo (ideally 50 to 80 beats per minute) and has no lyrics is considered “best” for focus. Classical music is often touted as the top dog, but any kind of music without lyrics works well – including instrumental, electronic, ambient, and lo-fi. And other sounds that aren’t music at all can also help, like nature sounds, binaural beats, or white noise.

As with all study and focus tips, what works best for one person might not work for another. There’s no point making yourself listen to music that you hate if it’s just going to throw you off. Try a few different things and see what’s best for you.


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