First of all: This is NOT a sponsored blog post. But have you ever tried listening to brain.fm? I heard about it from one of my good friends who gushed about how it’s supposed to improve your ability to focus and be productive. I was a bit skeptical back then but thought: “Why not give it a try?” Well, I did, and now I’m a believer in the power of music as a brain booster.
Brain.fm is a music app that’s designed to enhance focus, meditation, naps, relaxation, and sleep with just 10-15 minutes of use. The effect music has on mental performance is underestimated IMO and after trying brain.fm, I’m convinced it makes a big difference. Getting on the app was simple — I just logged in (I did it first on mobile but you can just as easily use the web player) and choose what I needed help with. The app gives you a choice between 3 different modes: focus, relax or sleep.
Obviously, we’re here to study so I chose “Focus”. When you press the button, you can choose between different sessions. Do you need to study for 30 minutes, one hour, two hours or should the music just keep rollin’? That’s completely up to you. The app also allows you to choose what type of focus music you want to listen to — and there’s even a “Study Focus” feature. Just look under “More music” and choose your theme. After I made my choice, I found some headphones and got ready to do some super productive work.
I started the session and within 10-15 minutes, I was in the zone. The app automatically prepared the session with the music I chose and I found myself really hitting my stride (surprisingly) thanks to some pleasing piano sounds. I actually wrote not double but triple as many words compared to using the same amount of time without the app!
Brain.fm also offers sessions for sleeping, napping, meditation, and relaxing. If you are having difficulties sleeping or if you just need a power nap between classes, try them out and see for yourself. I find that following a few simple steps really helps make the sleep sessions work:
1) Keep up your normal routines before sleep. If you normally read before you go to bed, keep doing that.
2) Don’t change the time you usually go to sleep.
3) Start the session when you go to sleep and not before.
I mostly use the app for being productive. After a few times, you get into the zone within a couple of minutes. I really like how I trust the app and how I know that my brain definitely will kick some ass. Still, there are a few things that you need to watch out for. After the first few focus sessions, I felt COMPLETELY drained. I practically fell asleep over my computer and was pretty much done for the rest of the day.
I’ve used the app for quite some time now, and I’m sure it takes some getting used to, but I still get exhausted after the sessions. When I’m done with a session, I feel like my brain has been partying hard, in a good way, but I end up crashing and need a long break to recover Maybe it’s just me so YMMV, but I actually only use the app when I really need it now.
Another thing is getting addicted to how productive you become. I’m not even kidding. When I first tried the app and experienced the results, I started feeling that I couldn’t get them without it. Was I becoming dependent on it? Well, not entirely. Though I can still focus on my own, I started to doubt myself when I didn’t use the app. I know it’s still my brain doing the work which should only make me feel more confident, but it actually had this weird effect on me.
So, as I mentioned before, I now use the app as a boost to get through really tough assignments and work days. But I try to use “focus mode” in moderation — partly to focus with my own brain power and also, to give myself a break between intensely productive sessions.
The app has a lot to offer, which is why I really recommend that you try it out for yourself. However, if you’re feeling a bit skeptical, don’t take my word for it — check out the science behind why it works.
Brain.fm is available for iOS and Android, or as a web player. You can try the first five sessions for free and after those first five, I almost guarantee you’ll want more. Brain.fm has different pricing options but the cheapest one is by far the yearly plan. One year costs 41,24 €, resulting in a monthly cost of only 3,43 €. Going for the monthly plan you’ll end up paying 6,05 € a month – almost twice as much!
I definitely think the app is worth it, and at 3,43 €, even a student can afford it.
If you’ve tried it out, let me know what you think in the comments! Happy listening 😎