One of the most productive hacks I’ve done since high school is listened to music while studying, performing deep work, or just trying to relax. The University of Maryland Medical Center revealed in a study, “Music is an effective stress reducer in both healthy individuals and people with health problems. Research finds that listening to soothing music can decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety levels in heart patients.”
While helping with stress, music also helps your brain focus. A study performed by Standford found that music engages parts of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions, and updating the event in memory. Musical techniques performed by composers 200 years ago allows the brain to organize and place information in a more effective and engaging way. This makes it feel easier to work or study and causes less mental fatigue.