Increase focus, reduce anxiety, and boost memory retention
What do the kids playing outside, the television in the next room, and that nagging internal To-Do list residing in your head all have in common? They’re all stopping you from cranking out quality content like a boss!
Here’s how to block out the chaos and transform your workspace into a thriving zen garden of productivity.
Binaural Beats 101 If the term Binaural Beats doesn’t sound familiar to you… get ready to elevate your game like never before! I stumbled upon my first binaural track on Youtube a few years ago entirely by accident, and I haven't looked back since.
Essentially, these beats resonate at very specific frequencies and can be incorporated into instrumental tracks. These melodies can then be listened to, preferably with headphones, to enhance focus, and improve memory retention.
“Binaural beats between 1 and 30 Hz are alleged to create the same brainwave pattern that one would experience during meditation. When you listen to a sound with a certain frequency, your brain waves will synchronize with that frequency. The theory is that binaural beats can help create the frequency needed for your brain to create the same waves commonly experienced during meditation practice. The use of binaural beats in this way is sometimes called brainwave entrainment technology.” — Jacquelyn Cafasso
Blocking Out the Chaos Let’s be honest, writers have creative minds, and creative minds pull and tug in a million different directions simultaneously. Be it visual or literary, any artist will tell you that chaos is their lifelong companion… for better or worse. Why not take every opportunity available to tame the beast and make it earn its keep? Tap into the infinite depths of creative genius by quieting the noise and honing focus.
When I sit at my desk to work, there’s no shortage of distractions. I’m guilty of falling prey to them.
Don’t lie to yourself.
You’re guilty of it too.
How many sidetrack excursions have left you wondering where the day went and why you didn’t finish your article on the deadline? If you’re a freelance writer like me, you know we have both given and self-imposed deadlines. There’s nothing more discouraging than getting to the end of a week and realizing that you hardly met your own personal writing goals through all the hustle. I’m an Aries and let me tell you, it shows! I have a hundred ideas that begin populating the moment my eyes open. Before I’ve even had my first cup of coffee, I’m chastising myself for being behind.
Here’s what brought me to the light.
To settle my anxiety and focus my energies on my computer screen, I sought out some classical music on Youtube. I‘ve got a super comfy noise-canceling headphone set that helps to blur out the rest of the world, and I often employ it when I’m on a deadline.
So, headphones on, I wandered through Youtube and stumbled onto a classical binaural beat track.
I hit play.
Before I knew what had happened, I had been writing for two hours straight. I’d have continued to write feverishly had the track not ended. Not only had I written, but I had genuinely dived more deeply into my topic than I had ever gone. With two half-written books in full swing, every page I write is a beautiful step forward. I was amazed. I peeled through layers of published studies, excerpts, biographies, and historical documents with laser-like focus. I made connections and uncovered links within my research I had never even considered. I was officially intrigued.
What was this auditory witchcraft? How do you use binaural beats? For binaural beats to be effective, they must be listened to using headphones. It’s also recommended that they be listened to for at least thirty minutes. The longer you listen…, the deeper the induced state becomes. It’s also worth mentioning that certain frequencies have been associated with specific desired outcomes.
Here’s a quick list of the most commonly used frequencies:
Binaural beats in the delta (1 to 4 Hz) range have been associated with deep sleep and relaxation.
Binaural beats in the theta (4 to 8 Hz) range are linked to REM sleep, reduced anxiety, relaxation, as well as meditative and creative states.
Binaural beats in the alpha frequencies (8 to 13 Hz) encourage relaxation, promote positivity, and decrease anxiety.
Binaural beats in the lower beta frequencies (14 to 30 Hz) have been linked to increased concentration and alertness, problem-solving, and improved memory.
If you feel intrigued… good!
Hop online and check out a few binaural tracks. A quick search on Google will unearth a plethora of binaural melodies. Scroll through until one resonates with you.
I’m definitely hooked. I’ll say that from personal experience, as with anything else, listen responsibly. Don’t listen to your headphones too loudly and be conscious of the after-effects. For example, when I listen while I’m writing for an extended period of time, I always give myself a short time after to zone back into reality before I move on with the rest of my day. If I listen to a track to relax, I’ll wait a bit before I drive anywhere. The relaxation tracks, in particular, tend to make me feel super mellow. Not the state you’d want to be operating heavy equipment in!
Experiment, have fun, and write as you’ve never written before!