Relax While You Work

You don’t have to stop being productive to unwind.

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Life can be difficult to balance sometimes. Between that extra bit of sleep, that big chunk of overtime, brunch with the family and keeping your house from becoming a level four biohazard, scavenging an hour to relax can feel downright impossible these days.

So, is there a way to get everything done whilst remaining relaxed? The answer is, quite possibly, in the palm of your hand. All you have to do is plug in your earphones and listen. Whether you tune into the radio, an entertaining podcast or a blissful playlist, create a little you-time while you get those groceries underway. Interesting, psychologist’s studies have shown that those who are exposed to something that amuses them, will work twice as long as those who are not.

As an added bonus, setting up a playlist has become easier than ever before. Gone are the days of slaving through your music list, in an attempt to create the perfect mix of classic anthems. To create a playlist that’s mood appropriate, use an app like Spotify or Pandora, then pick a song and the app will create a strand of similar songs worth listening to. To enjoy a podcast, applications like Player FM will make suggestions based on the categories you select on initial setup. There’s no need to worry, hassle or stress about not getting that washing started.

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Grace Shepherd is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Writing from the University of Canberra. She is an avid reader, a persistent writer and nurtures an affection for tea that borders on obsession. As a result of her life-long conflict with her sense of direction, Grace loves getting lost in new places (and old ones). More than anything, she whole-heartedly believes that there is an upside to everything.