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3. Creativity > 27. Play Mind Music

Play Mind Music

You can condition yourself to use your favorite music as a creative trigger, as well as a filter for environmental noise, and if you put it on your iPod or MP3 CD player, you’ll always have it at hand.

Practically everyone has worked to music at one time or another, from late-night college study sessions to the night shift at a fast-food joint. Consider the beat of a drum to encourage a crew pulling at oars, or the fife and drum corps of an army. Music has always been used to change people’s moods and get them to work together; it coevolved with ritual drama, which was also used to change people’s state of mind.

However, what is appropriate for one situation might not be appropriate for another, and the same music that gets a team working in synchrony might be completely distracting for someone who is trying to think in solitude. The converse holds true, of course. Some kinds of music are appropriate for thinking that would probably be a drag on physical work.


  

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