How to Make the Most Out of Your Study Time

RJ Wade
7 min readDec 15, 2020

Symphonies, Brain Waves, and Beats

In today’s world, hustle is encouraged, and “working hard” is taken to an extreme. Every day, people are overextending themselves. Working three jobs, taking twenty credit hours. We all share a running joke of not sleeping and guzzling coffee to get more work done. We crouch over our laptops, phones, tablets, or documents, exerting all of our effort to meet deadlines. Now that we’re confined to our homes, it seems more challenging than ever to get motivated and stay focused.

If you’re anything like me, you spend the first half of your day dreading working, and you’re already fatigued by the thought before you start. If I manage to work, I’m huddled in the dark by eight that evening with red eyes and a sore neck.

Well, I needed to laundry first, and the dishes; I couldn’t forget to sweep the floor, or mop, of course. I also have to find time to squeeze a workout in. There was and is still just too much beckoning for my attention. I found it overwhelming to sit down to do my work. Unthinkable to focus or even remain dedicated to the task for more than 30 minutes.

Alas, there is a way to make the time we spend working more enjoyable. By listening to lyricless music like Classical or Lo-Fi Beats while studying, you can optimize the time you spend and get more done in shorter intervals. I’ll integrate my playlist in its entirety below. Then we will look into the science and how you can use each genre to your advantage.

Your Complete Productivity Playlist

Classical Music

If music were colored, classical would be purple or blue. It evokes emotion and thus helps information stick better. I listen to classical music while I’m listening to a lecture, studying, or writing. The melodies help me feel more connected to what I’m doing and allow me to translate my thoughts better to words.

“University research in France, published in Learning and Individual Differences, found that students who listened to a one-hour lecture where classical

RJ Wade

Aspiring storyteller, I write about habit change, meditation, life style design, and sometimes there’s a fiction story here and there.