I recently had a rockin’ coding stint where I was completely “in the zone” and coding up a storm in a way I haven’t done in some time.
Don’t get me wrong, I code a lot on the regular (work and open source projects, etc.) but doing so while completely focused with no distractions of any kind… this doesn’t happen very often anymore and I have to say, it was glorious.
During this code run I was able to get so much more done because I could just focus on the task at hand and as a result, the code I produced was better, requiring much less tweaking and/or rewriting.
That’s awesome but how did you do it?
Great question. The secret (for me and maybe you) turns out to be dramatic classical music. I’m talking DRAMATIC classical music such as the battle soundtracks out of Lord of the Rings (these tracks are especially effective for me).
When I code while listening to this type of music, the code just seems to flow out of me because I’m suddenly coding with a higher purpose amidst an epic backdrop of danger and adventure. I can’t help but focus on the code and nothing else cuz the music makes it seems as if my life now depends on it. Ok it may be not be that dramatic but it’s still a pretty awesome feeling. Amazing how music can affect us so.
It sounds kooky, I know, but try it before you knock it.
Am I crazy? I might be, but you can’t say anything about it until you’ve tried it. Who knows? It may just suprise you how much you get done with the drums of Mordor’s army pounding in the background.
If you would like to try it out I’ve got a playlist ready to go with epic classical battle music on Spotify: Battle – Classical. Definitely build your own playlist of your preferred music but for those who want a quick taste, this playlist is a good place to start.
Happy coding. 🤓