“One way to boost our willpower and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us.” – Daniel Goleman
Our minds easily wander, daydream, get distracted almost every moment of every day and it can heavily debilitate our progress and success with whatever we are doing. Especially in our modern day environments, distractions are more abundant than ever before with numerous addictive social media sites and internet at our fingertips and we constantly need to navigate around it to get any work done.
It is quite useful to know that our minds have a daily supply of limited attention and distractions use up a great percentage of that supply. “Every time you focus your attention you use a measurable amount of glucose and other metabolic resources. Studies show that each task you do tends to make you less effective at the next task, and this is especially true for high-energy tasks like self-control or decision making. So distractions really take their toll.” [i]
Now we can be certain that distractions need to move out the way before we can have a productive, focused day.
How do we do this? We need 2 things:
1.) We need streamlined music. Streamlined music has been removed of any frequencies that would distract the mind and the music slowly changes over time to keep the mind engaged. A study suggests that streamlined music positively affects cognitive function as well as mood; supporting an increase in focus, creativity and flow during work. [ii]
2.) We also need our brains to be functioning in an alpha brainwave state (7.5Hz – 12.5Hz). When our brain functions in an alpha state, we are focused, relaxed, creative, concentrated and productive. Our mind is clear, and we operate at our optimal level.
In our normal, wakeful state our brains naturally reside in the Beta brainwave frequency, which enables logical thinking and our brains are on high alert, often translating into stress, anxiety and restlessness.
We need our brains to be functioning in the alpha state while we work and because alpha is not our default state of being, we need to physically change our brain waves from Beta to Alpha. Listening to music embedded with Alpha waves does the trick.
How does it work? Within our music, there are 2 different frequencies playing at the same time – one frequency in each ear. These frequencies overlap each other and combine together. Your brain can only hear the frequency that is created once they are combined. This is the alpha wave frequency which alters your brainwaves, taking you from the easily distracted Beta range to the relaxed and super-focused Alpha range. This process of altering your brainwaves is known as brainwave/audio entrainment.
Years of studies revealed the enormous beneficial effects of Alpha Waves on cognitive function. “The relaxed state of alertness determined by Alpha beats facilitates the fast and exact imprinting of images and facilitates connections at a subconscious level. The stable mental state and the raised concentration level determine a higher quality of perception.” [iii]
What is now known as ‘super learning’ began in the 1960s and 1970s with the work of Bulgarian psychiatrist Georgi Lozanov. Lozanov used deep relaxation combined with synchronized rhythms in the brain to cause students to produce alpha brainwaves. He found that when these students were studying while their brainwaves were in the alpha range, they learned over five times as much information with less study time per day and greater long-term retention. In some cases, as much as thirty times more was learned. [iv]
With our brain’s limited capacity to focus attention on any one thing while in the default, wakeful state of Beta brainwaves, it needs help to adjust to an alpha state where clear, quality focus, productivity and memory retention is easily attainable. If you are determined to increase your productivity and focus up to 4x, then Focus The Mind is your perfect tool. With 600+ music albums and 7 diverse genres, there is music available to suit every brain type.
To learn more about the science and research that is behind Focus The Mind, have a read of this: The Science That Powers Focus The Mind
[iii] Alpha Brainwave Entrainment as a Cognitive Performance Activator (website & pdf download available)