June 18, 2009, 5:29 am

3 Tricks To Make You More Productive (and Happy) at Work Part2

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Career
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Yesterday, I said that I you can create energy by spending some on a treadmill or by jumping around, clapping like fool. I personally prefer the treadmill (I do it every morning and it works!), but if you a short in time, you can surely try the clapping method ;-). The point is that by changing the way your body act on a day to day basis, your brain will adopt the new vibe launched by your body. As it is easer to change the way you walk than the way you think, try to lift up your head and walk with a smile, the rest will come naturally 😉

Ipod and its magic playlist

As I previously mentioned, there is 2 other way to kick your brain so it thinks you are happy (it is weird to think that we don’t even have the control over our own brain… which control the rest of our actions!). The 2nd technique is to us the music therapy (whoooooo). It is actually pretty simple; when you watch a movie, you probably noticed that at each important moment there is a song attached to it. Think about the Titanic songs for girls or Star Wars for guys, we all remember those songs ;-). Music in movies has only one purpose: make the emotion realistic so you can feel it.



Different type of music may affect your brain and emotion. I personally feel the rage when I listen to Marilyn Manson or the good old korn. However, if I listen to “Good Bye My Lover” the James Blunt, I feel like I’m going to cry at any moment… even though I am having a good day.

The key is to build a strong playlist of songs that makes you feel good, on top of your things. Songs that make you feel like a million bucks. At the seminar, they were talking about songs that would make you feel gratitude. This is a very hard feeling to have on a daily basis as it is one of the only emotions that doesn’t let any other bad feelings interfere with your brain. When you are being grateful, you can’t really be sad or be angry. I personally wasn’t able to find songs that would lead me to this emotion so I decided to build a playlist of songs that make me “stronger”, songs that are linked to success in my life or other great moment.

After a good 10-15 minutes, you will feel much better about yourself and your problems will become smaller. Therefore, you will have more energy and will to go through your day with a smile. Once you are driven, working and being productive come naturally 😉

Be careful about what you are listening too

I noticed that when I let my Ipod go in shuffle mode, I run into several sad or angry songs. I listen to a lot of different things at the same time but several songs connect to bad feelings (I never realized that before!). It is normal as bad emotions are easier to let it out I guess. Writing a song about being grateful and happy is kind of harder than saying how you suffered when the person you love the most left you.

How to create your playlist

They had a great trick on how to create your playlist. The first thing is to write down 5 great moments, “magic moments”, in your life. Then, you look for songs that will bring those memories back at each time your listen to them. By doing so, you will gradually create a fast track to your best emotions ever felt. Each morning, you run the playlist for 10-15 minutes and you will feel a lot more better the whole day.

Give it a try and let me know if it worked for you (it is definitely working for me!).

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I can only think of one song that ever made me feel grateful, and that’s “pornostartrek” by USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker). It’s basically all about being grateful for having someone in your life, which, now that I’m thinking about it is odd, because almost nobody sings about being grateful anymore. Actually, the only music genre I can think of that regularly highlights positive emotions is country. A sign of the times, I suppose.

I can only think of one song that ever made me feel grateful, and that’s _____startrek by USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, and it wouldn’t let me put the song’s full title in, but you can find it on their MySpace page). It’s basically all about being grateful for having someone in your life, which, now that I’m thinking about it is odd, because almost nobody sings about being grateful anymore. Actually, the only music genre I can think of that regularly highlights positive emotions is country. A sign of the times, I suppose.

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