So I enjoy listening to podcasts that are educational and motivational. I also enjoy listening to audiobooks (I’ve read more than 20 books this year as a result). I also have a couple of music stations I love to listen to! Between the categories of just music vs spoken word, I found there’s times for each of them.
If I’m feeling rather neutral or maybe even a little frustrated/stressed out, I go for music. There’s a cathartic feeling of resonating with the energy that helps bring me back to a better state of mind. Sometimes it gives me a sort of fighting energy that I can channel into working harder or faster since I tend to listen to metal or punk. Sometimes I’m just too busy to listen to spoken word stuff so the music is something I can appreciate without having to pay much attention to it.
On the other hand, if I’m having a good day or things are being a bit slow, I’ll go for the other two. Both feel rather educational and entertaining to me since I enjoy personal development or historical topics. I enjoy fiction too but not as much. It feels more productive than music because I’m learning something and it’s good to feel engaged when everything around you is leaving you bored! So it really depends on the conditions whether I prefer audiobooks and podcasts vs music!
I understand this doesn’t apply as well if you can’t put on any headphones at work but take any opportunity. Listen to podcasts or books in the car if you’re stuck in traffic for hours. Put on some music when you have to take on a task at home! Give it a shot!
Good luck Fuzzbutts!