Most people hate studying but escaping it is almost impossible. If we want to get good grades, we have to buckle down and do what needs to be done. While we can’t do anything about the workload, we can make the hassle of studying a little less stressful. If you’re someone that enjoys having some tunes on in the background while you’re working, then you need to set up your own study playlist. It will help you stay focused while stopping all that work from feeling like such a chore.
Don’t get distracted
So, you’re making a study playlist… what should you put in it? Well, choose whatever you want. It’s you that’s going to be listening to it, so you don’t want to pick songs that you hate. However, before you start piling all your favorite tracks into the mix, there’s something you ought to consider.
How distracted do you get when listening to music? If playing some Taylor Swift is going to have you crying about an ex over your textbooks, is it really a good idea to put her in the playlist? While you want songs that you’re going to enjoy, you don’t want anything that will take you out of your focused mindset.
Go for the classics
If you’re worried that all your favorite songs will be too distracting, why don’t you throw on some classical music? Or, if that sounds too boring, what about a score from a film? Really, anything that’s just a piece of music without vocals is a great way to go.
When a song has lyrics, the likelihood of you singing increases. There’s no better way to go off track than to starting singing along to all your top tunes. You can’t really do that with something that’s a piece of music unless you’re going to hum along. Plus, classical music has been proven to boost productivity in the brain, which is precisely what you need for a day of studying.
Establish a time frame
When it comes to making your playlist, put a bit of thought into it. Don’t just throw in as many songs as you want and be done with it. Try to ensure that your playlist lasts around 40 to 45 minutes.
The reason for this is that once it ends, you’ll be reminded to take a break from your work. Although you might think you don’t have time for breaks, it’s important to remember that you’re not Superman. Your brain can only focus on work for so long before it stops taking in information. It’s vital that you take short breaks every 45 minutes or so to ensure that everything you’re studying stays in your brain.
Keep it natural
If music proves to be too distracting, why not go for some ambient sounds instead. You might find it weird to listen to rainfall or waves while you’re studying, but they could actually help you to concentrate.
Try swapping out the tunes for some natural sounds and see if they make it easier to get your work done. You might be surprised by the results.
We all study in different ways, so these playlists aren’t going to be a surefire solution for everyone struggling to get their work done. You might need to experiment a little before you find what works for you, just don’t spend time much time worrying about it. Having the perfect playlist isn’t going to matter if you don’t get any studying done.