You know how some people knit or craft to keep their hands occupied so they can think? I do that with music.
More specifically, if I am trying to focus at work, or if I want to concentrate and want to think something through – typically in the car – I will put a song on repeat. And listen to it over.
And … well, you get the point.
It somehow takes a part of my brain -- the toddler, “ooh shiny,” easily-distracted part of my brain -- and gives it a toy. ‘Here, play with this while the grown-ups talk.’
This allows me to go into work-trance, or thought-trance, and work through whatever it is.
You want examples? Once I drove home from my parents’ house to mine (roughly 8 hours) listening to one track of one cd. For one month at work, two songs sustained me through a killer project. Yes, two songs and two songs only for four weeks, 8 hours a day (minus meetings, lunches and bathroom breaks).
Okay, yes, and sometimes I just do it because I like the song. It happens, people!
I’m given to understand most people don’t do this. Perhaps it is one of the areas in my life that I’m OCD. I don’t know. Frankly, I don’t care. It doesn’t affect anyone else, and it helps me concentrate. So that’s all for the better.