Need to pass the time easier while doing something boring? Someone asked you to check out their album, but you claim you don't have time? Looking for a reason to play your favorite tunes just because music is just that awesome?
Music is the perfect activity to multitask with.
I often need to hear a song or playlist for my job as a studio vocalist, but I don't exactly have the most time in the world thanks to the million different projects I get every week (that I do love, don't get me wrong) thus often times when I'm listening to music, I'm also doing something else.
Here are 10 of my favorite things to do with music playing.
Without music, I would not get active. I would be so unhealthy by now. I use dancing as my go-to method of cardio, and I would not want to be just dancing around in silence, hearing my heavy breathing and feet hitting the floormats.
Exercise is very successfully paired with music; it doesn't matter if you're dancing, walking, doing weight training, or even planking. Upbeat tunes will help in most cases, but smooth sounds also work for exercise styles like Yoga.
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I love to study or do research with jazz or classical music playing in the background. I don't know why, but it just makes me feel more receptive to gaining knowledge.
Often, I'll notice that when I'm watching educational lessons via Youtube, the speaker has some soft music playing in the background.
I noticed that kids nowadays love playing lo-fi hip-hop beats in the background while studying. I think that genre is absolutely perfect for relaxing your mind, and I should actually get my hands on a playlist and incorporate that into my studying songs soon.
Cleaning the house while listening to music is a must for me. It can be upbeat or downtempo; I just want to be able to get my mind off of the mundane task of cleaning the same things over and over in my house.
It's a shame I wasn't able to take advantage of the idea of cleaning with music when I was a kid; my parents wouldn't have had to yell at me so often.
Cooking is fun on its own, but cooking while you have your favorite playlist on just makes things ten times better.
The only time you'll catch me cooking without playing music is just when I simply forget to. Okay, maybe I might have a podcast playing, but I'd prefer it to be some good music.
It's very obvious that music is great for when you're in the car, but are you using your car and music time to its greatest potential?
You have to also sing or rap at the top of your lungs while in the car to make sure you get the most out of it. If you're just listening, you're doing it way wrong.
It's a must for me to do three things in the car at once, sing, listen and drive. I don't think I'm a danger to the road or anything, so it's something I recommend to everyone.
I try to do all three when I'm cleaning as well, but it winds up taking me way longer to clean.
I'm not a big gamer, but I have friends and a lovely husband who can attest that gaming is an excellent pair with music.
When I play a video game, I'm usually way too into the experience and anxious about playing the game right since I'm such a noob, so music won't do much for me at my current level, but it's great for me real gamers.
Here's something I can multitask in 3 ways: listening to music, showering, and singing at the same time. Everyone loves this, even people who don't have a lick of talent in the music arena.
When I'm bathing, I tend to go for more relaxing vibes, so I probably won't sing, and I'll listen to some music that has instrumentation only.
There's nothing like lighting a lavender candle, having a glass of wine, and playing some downtempo music as you bathe. I might just do that tonight since I'm typing about it and getting tempted.
If you're a visual artist, I'm sure playing music in the background while you create is a common pastime for you.
I suck at painting, but I try to make some web design elements from time to time for this site, so I'll often play some music while creating the visual elements you may see here.
I'm not a gardener, but I think it fits under this category, and a lot of gardeners will recommend playing music while gardening. Adds to the peace of mind, especially if you play something that is nature-centric.
If I ever need to clear my mind and get away from the hustle and bustle of life, I can close myself into a room and play relaxing music to do the trick.
Yoga ties into this as well! I recommend taking about 15 minutes out of every day, getting away from your phone and computer screens, and just meditating with or without music.
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I like to listen to music when I'm just browsing the web, not doing anything too intense like studying articles or something extra productive.
I can definitely play some music while just browsing on a site like Twitter or Reddit. Browsing while I shop online is also a great time to play some music in the background.
During the pandemic, I did most of my grocery shopping online, which tended to be a chore and not as fun as grocery shopping in person, so I'd go through a Spotify discovery playlist while getting my Amazon Fresh items.
I don't really like playing my personal playlists while physically in the store since that will block my senses too much, but I mean, there's music playing over the store speakers, most likely, so this counts as well.
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