A lot of different and interesting things happen around us all the time. There are many interesting noises, extraordinary images or fascinating people; our brain likes to wander off and loves to seek intriguing things. Do you recognize this feeling? You are writing an important email and at the same time you receive an interesting text for example. Meanwhile, your co-workers are talking about something that draws your attention and at the same time your favorite song is playing on the radio. And it’s gone… you can’t focus on writing the important email.
Our thoughts are usually all over the place. We think we can multitask but in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Our intelligence is even at risk when we try to multitask. Maintaining focussed and staying concentrated… how do you do it? And how can music enhance your concentration?
I am trying to stay concentrated while writing this article and that is the reason why I am listening to binaural beats at the same time.
What are binaural beats?
Binaural beats are songs with a specific low frequency (pitch). According to some researchers our brain really likes to follow the binaural music. Binaural beats seem to be good for relaxation, reducing pain and enhancing focus. The story behind binaural beats is very technical. Simply put, one sound is being sent to your left ear and another sound is being sent to your right ear. Because there is a mathematical difference between the sounds in left and right, these soundwaves start to vibrate. And the difference between left and right makes a perfect frequency for our brain and causes us to relax and focus.
Do you want to try it out?
- Make sure you have good headphones. Headphones are able to reproduce low frequencies of better quality. It is also important that external noises cannot disturb you. Click on this link for our binaural sounds Spotify playlist.
- Start doing the task that requires your attention. Try to eliminate distracting factors. For example: put your phone away or try to work in a quiet room.
- Focus on your task, try not to focus on the music.
According to researchers, the following will happen: you will be more alert, you are more focused on your tasks and your IQ will even increase a little bit. (For the nerds: frequencies in the Beta range have the biggest impact when it comes to attention span. The Beta range is from 14 to 30 Hz.)
In NiceDay you can plan activities. Try to plan an music activity and discover if music enhances your concentration span. Click on this link to listen to the binaural beats our NiceDay coaches picked out for you!