Some scrapbookers work in front of the TV or otherwise in a common family area. Others create in solitary spaces.
My office is definitely a sanctuary for me, but the quiet can sometimes zap my energy like nothing else. My mind starts racing and off it goes down twelve different paths.
Before you know it I’m looking up slow cooker recipes during time I deliberately set aside for making stuff.
However there is one thing that always boosts my mood and helps me focus on just one thing at a time: music.
Music does something to your brain to prevent it from attempting to multitask. Stanford professor Clifford Nass says:
“We have a special part of our brain for music, so we can listen to music while we do other things. But in general, our brain can’t do two things at once.”
For me, it takes up just enough of that computation space in my mind, leaving just what I need to focus on what is in front of me. I am far more productive, at work and at play, when I have music going.
Side note: Podcasts don’t work in the same way because language processing requires your brain to work.
I don’t have the fanciest music library and in today’s world you don’t really need to. I enjoy listening to iTunes Radio and have used services like Spotify and Pandora. However, none of these come close to the special place in my heart I hold for Radio Paradise.
Radio Paradise has an incredibly eclectic mix of music that is nearly always enjoyable. If pushes me out of my comfort zone of Beatles, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Joel, and Bryan Adams, but is never jarring. Even when it’s a little weird, it’s a good kind of weird.
If the quiet parts of me time sometime get you into trouble, more music might be the antidote. Wear headphones if you have to!
Do you listen to music while your scrapbook? What genres or artists are your favorite?