Technology has changed enough over the last decade to allow us to take our entire music library with us and to arrange it into playlists for particular purposes. Because music can now be “on demand,” – it makes the creation of purposeful playlists accessible and simple.
For some, generating playlists can seem quite daunting, especially when people see the endeavor as one that takes time and money. However, I suggest that although it does take both those things – time and money – the benefits far outweigh the costs.
7 Key Steps to Put Together your Purposeful Playlist: for Work, for Sport, for Home, for Life:
- unpack what you really need – what is your desired outcome. If you are going through a difficult transition or are feeling stuck I recommend working with a psychologist, counsellor, music therapist to help you identify your key goal.
- title your playlist the feeling you hope to achieve and the behaviour you hope to change.
- only put songs in that playlist that evoke the feelings you aim for, and remove all songs that don’t strike the right chord.
- listen at specific time (s) of the day – not all day. 20 minutes of intentional music listening, at the right time, can help. Assess when you need a boost – waking up, driving to work, driving home, in the evening. You may need different playlists for different times of the day.
- use a good sound source. The quality of sound contributes to your feelings of health and enjoyment.
- stay open to new music. There are some great applications like Songza, Apple Music and Spotify that can help you explore new music.
- if making a playlist for others – never make assumptions. If you are working with someone who is not able to communicate for themselves (ie. due to stroke or dementia) connect with your local music therapist for help to ensure the best possible, and safest music choices, are made.