Much of the time we’re not quite in touch with what may be affecting us. How is your soundscape? Are we aware how sound affects us?
Did you know that sound affects health and productivity? Sound powerfully affects our everyday lives as well as our work – especially creative work.
Most of the soundscape around us is generating accidental and unpleasant sound. Because of this, over time we tend to unconsciously suppress the significance of sound. We’re not even aware how sound is affecting us – for bad or good. But we need to raise the awareness of sound in our consciousness.
Sound can cause our heart rate and our breathing to increase. It can create stress (a creativity killer), causing the release of detrimental hormones like cortisol in our bodies. Conversely, something like the sound of surf can slow our brain waves, relaxing us and helping us to enter into a state of rest where we actually find the creative flow.
The most powerful sound is music, affecting our emotions and our thinking. We need to be aware that sound is associative – we associate certain emotions and even thought with certain sounds. Birdsong fosters reassurance and relaxation, again helping us to be more creative.
Research shows that if we expose ourselves to 2 or more types of different sounds at the same time, our productivity falls to 1/3 of what it could be. Open-concept office space can reduce productivity by 2/3rd’s. What does this say about the environment in which you create and work? Are we shaping our soundscape for optimum inspiration and creativity?
At least on the inside, we move away from unpleasant sound and toward pleasant sound. Is our soundscape congruent with our desire, vision and objectives?
So we need to be aware, present to the moment, taking charge of our environment and intentionally designing soundscapes that help us with quality living, including creativity and productivity.
Q4U: Will you take charge of your soundscape when you do any creative work? What about your everyday life? What changes can you see yourself making?