How to use music to help context-switch
A manager Katie Womersley from Buffer faced context-switching problems. She often has several calls back to back and need to shift emotional context quickly. She sometimes carries the mindset and energy of one meeting through to the next and it leaves her less emotionally attuned.
She needed a way to effectively play each role she has — engineer, engineering manager, engineering leadership team and senior management team — when there are sometimes only minutes to switch her mindset and get on the right wavelength.
She created a playlist for every role. She found that she instinctively knew how to handle herself in most meetings.
She gets into the zone much faster and is much more able to bring the right energy to the situation. She feel her productivity have been higher since she stopped trying to brute-force this switch cognitively and tapped into the feeling of a song.
Create an account on Spotify or Apple Music
Spotify or Apple Music is a digital music streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs, podcasts and videos from artists all over the world.
Spotify is immediately appealing because you can access content for free by simply signing up and start sharing music with the group.
Identify the different role in a day
Identify recurring role in day: engineer, engineering manager, engineering leadership team and senior management team