I can’t believe it is already April! Exams are just around the corner and finals are coming up faster than I would like. That means that it’s time to log out of Netflix and really get to work!
I try to get as much work done as possible during the week and on weekends, but sometimes it is just so hard to concentrate when there are so many other things that I would rather be doing. For me, the right study music is essential for me to be able to get anything done. Here is what I listen to while trying to complete specific tasks:
*Disclaimer: I am a Disney fanatic, so most of the music that I use to study are Disney related 🙂
1. While Concentrating or Studying a Difficult Topic: Piano Music
When I am studying for something that requires a lot of concentration, I make sure not to play music with words in it. I also will not listen to music that is really epic or intense since sometimes that can distract me from reading the textbook or concentrating on a difficult topic. Instead, I listen to slow piano music. My personal favorite types to listen to are the Disney Piano instrumentals that you can find by typing in “Disney Piano” on YouTube. I like these because they are songs that both put me in a good mood and at the same time help me to stay focused on the tasks at hand.
If the piano music still seems to be distracting, sometimes I put on an ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) video. I like to play Harry Potter white-noise videos that feature a crackling fireplace in the Gryffindor common room or the bubble of a potion boiling in Snape’s classroom. Hearing these noises help to calm me down if I am nervous and worried about an exam while I am trying to study.
4 hour Disney Piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3j0AdcNJpI
Harry Potter ASMR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyYB-txU6Jg&list=PLjFwUFnGRUqN9pIvCq6TS1FMaJNxX0KEv
2. Tasks that involve practice problems: Upbeat and Intense Soundtracks
If I am studying for a subject that involves doing practice problems, I find that it gets really boring and tedious very quickly. If I listen to slow piano music, that makes me feel tired and I lose motivation during a long study session. That is why I chose to listen to upbeat music instead! The Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack or Game of Thrones soundtrack works best for me since they are intense and most of the songs are fast-paced. This helps me to keep up with my work and prevents me from daydreaming or losing interest in the topic I am studying.
Pirates of the Caribbean Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMQh-rhWaz8
Game of Thrones Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRd4ARUQkbQ
3. Getting work done: Various Instrumentals
When I am trying to write a paper or finish projects for my classes, I tend to get distracted quickly and procrastinate, and that leads to the task taking a lot longer than necessary! I need to listen to music that will keep me going and help me not get bored. Personally, I like listening to “themed” music, for lack of a better term. For example, I like to listen to music that transports me to a different place. For me, this music tends to be instrumentals, like Celtic or Japanese instrumentals. I also like listening to the themed Disney World area music, since I really like those themes.
Celtic Instrumental: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiwuQ6UHMQg
Japanese Instrumental: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyieFu7BnHE
Disney’s Expedition Everest Area Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrSWblCsAhk
Good luck on exams and finals, and I hope these music suggestions help you to be more productive too!