The Jams: How to Find Your Workday Soundtrack

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Silence may be golden, but for writers looking to engage our focus without chugging a liter of coffee a workday soundtrack is a necessity.

Flow states, brainstorming, strategizing, organizing, reviewing and revising, angsting and personal pep talks — we put our minds through one maneuver after another, sometimes pivoting in a blink and on a dime. We need that background boost to carry that momentum along.

Amp It Up

Is it Monday morning? Do you have a phone call coming up that you’re nervous to face? About to start a piece that needs 200% of your all?

Sometimes you need to preface your workday with a good, strong dose of great-with-caffeine power music.

A Tip:

Don’t sit down yet. Stand up and move around — dance if the spirit moves you! Thrust your shoulders back and raise your chin high. Put your hands on your hips and strike your best Wonder Woman/Superman pose. You’ve got this!

For Playing On Max Volume:

“St. Elmo’s Fire” by John Parr

“Confident” by Demi Lovato

“The Greatest Show” from The Greatest Showman

“Roar” by Katy Perry

“Unstoppable” by Sia

“It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi

“Defying Gravity” from Wicked


The Fine Art of Focus

Ride that high, you writing boss, you! Now, it’s time to get to work.

Focus is key when it comes to buckling in for the day’s roller coaster ride. Whatever the schedule has in store you need to have your mind on-target. Finding the right auditory compliment will be entirely based on what works for you, personally. It may even depend on WHAT you’re working on today.

Mix it up and try a few of these out. You may discover something totally new to give your work day the extra oomph it needs!

A Tip:

Repetitive sounds and strains are extremely helpful for concentration! If you pay close attention to some of these pieces you’ll notice that they’re the same bit of music or noise played over and over again. The key to finding great music to work to is to actually pick something that you won’t actively pay attention to.

Instrumental “Concentration” Music

“Instrumental Music for Studying, Concentration and Focus Memory” (Meditation and Relaxing Music)

“Study Music Alpha Waves” (YellowBrickCinema)

Instrumental Binaural Beats

“Super Intelligence” (Greenred Productions)

“Productivity Music” (Greenred Productions)

Instrumental Meditation Music

“Best Relaxing Romantic Music” (Meditation Relax Music)

“Relaxing Celtic Music” (Soothing Relaxation)

White Noise

“Celestial White Noise” (Relaxing White Noise)

“White Noise Black Screen” (Relaxing White Noise)

Ambient Nature Sounds

“Forest Sounds” (The Guild of Ambience)

“Campfire By the River” (The Silent Watcher)

“Thunderstorm and Rain Sounds” (Relaxing Soundzzz)

Fantasy & Gaming Music

“Skyrim Exploration Suite” (The Sagaris2)

“Audiomachine – Most Beautiful & Powerful Music” (Pandora Journey)

“Mass Effect Emotional Suite (Extended Version)” (The Sagaris2)

Movie & Television Soundtracks

“Game of Thrones OST – Complete Soundtrack (Seasons 1-7)” (OST’S)

“The Last Samurai Soundtrack – Suite” (DragonstarDT)

“Beautiful & Emotional Sountracks – Film Music Mix” (domixiii)

It’s a Wrap

At the end of the day, as you’re closing the 8 million tabs in your browser and checking off the last item on your To-Do list, you could be lost in a bit of a funk. No matter how much you love your work, slaying the day takes it out of you. Your brain may need a little bit of a lift to turn itself onto the right frequency for family, dinner, doggy kisses, or whatever your evening holds.

And every production needs a grand finale!

Crank It Up:

“Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey

“Baby Girl” by Sugarland

“The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga

“1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky (V for Vendetta)

“Masterpiece” by Jesse J

“Just Like Fire” by P!nk


As long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it.

Aaron Copeland

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