Baroque Of Ages: Music, Its Health Benefits (And Drawbacks)

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Music is many things to many people, as well as it being the “food of love”, “it’s medicine”, to quote Kanye West. But also for all of its benefits, there are a couple of drawbacks, so let’s give you a rundown of why music is great for you, but how it can be bad for you.

A Major Key: The Benefits

There are many benefits to music, almost too many to list. Listening to music, especially classical music has been shown to improve the study habits of school children. In addition to this, taking music or singing lessons at a very young age can have a positive effect on academic performance as well as raise their IQ. It has a fantastic effect on stress, and this has been evidenced in people who listen to heavy metal music are actually more relaxed than the average person! Music also has the power to help you process information, have you ever listened to a song and been instantly catapulted back in time to a specific moment? That’s the power of music! It’s also been beneficial to those with Alzheimer’s. There is a non-profit organization called Music and Memory who are using music to help patients with dementia or in cognitive decline to remember a certain part of their life by being played a specific song.

A Minor Key: The Drawbacks

For all of its positives, there have to be a few negatives to listening to music. Mainly, the issue lies in listening to too much music, especially in how you listen to it. The one main problem with listening to too much music is that it can severely impact your hearing. There have been many cases of rock and pop stars who now suffer from tinnitus, such as Chris Martin of Coldplay, Will.I.Am, and Pete Townshend from The Who. For those that don’t know much about tinnitus, you can look at these tinnitus FAQs, just in case you suspect you may be suffering from tinnitus or a related hearing problem. Preventing hearing loss can be achieved by listening to music at an appropriate volume, as well as making sure you are not overexposed to loud noises and don’t listen to music at loud volumes through your earphones.

We all benefit from music in so many different ways, and this is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to getting the benefits of listening to your favorite artist. But in enjoying your favorite artist, it’s always beneficial to listen to it at a safe volume, but also it’s a fantastic well of information. From the mathematically complex structures of baroque and early classical music, all the way through to densely layered information via bands like Radiohead and Manic Street Preachers, music is one of those things that you can get constant gratification from. You can find new things every time you listen back to a song you’ve heard a million times before. And that’s one of the wonderful things about music, not to mention the fact that you can dance to it!

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3 Critical Mistakes That Are Harming Efficiency at Your Business

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High efficiency levels are something that all companies need to achieve today. After all, if your business is not operating efficiently, it means that you are not using your time to best effect, and ultimately this is going to impact your bottom line. The problem is that a lot of companies are making errors that are having a negative impact on their efficiency levels without them even realising it. So, let’s take a look at some of the mistakes you need to avoid:

Doing everything in-house

There is only one place to begin, and this is with trying to handle everything in-house. It is understandable. It is your company and you do not want to relinquish any control. However, by maintaining this approach and refusing to outsource, you could be doing your business a lot more harm than you realise. You can find more information on outsourcing the right way at realbusiness.co.uk. After all, at the moment, it is likely that you are simply spending a lot of time on activities that are not directly related to your core activities. This time would be better spent on doing what you do best and focusing on your products and services, rather than being tied up with the likes of bookkeeping and accounting.

Failing to embrace the latest technologies

It seems that a day does not go by without new tech being released onto the market that can benefit businesses. It can be frustrating in one sense: you feel like as soon as you invest, there is something else on the market. Nonetheless, you cannot remain stagnant in today’s ever changing business world, so it’s important to continually assess the tech that is out there and ensure you implement anything that will result in efficiencies for your business. You can find out more about this at DataServ.com. Their revolutionary OCR software can enable you to spot trends in any type of documents – be it images or PDF files – with easy by converting them into readable and searchable data. This is something that could reap huge results for a lot of businesses.

Holding onto each and every customer

You need to realise when it is better to let go. Yes, getting rid of a customer can be frightening. After all, this person is bringing in money to your business, and customers are valuable. But, you need to ask whether that customer is really making you any money? If they are problematic and you are spending an excessive amount of time on them, you could be losing money. Your time will be better spent looking for new customers to bring in instead.

If you are making any of the errors that have been mentioned above, it is important to take the necessary steps to put them right. If you do, you are bound to notice instant improvements to your business, and these improvements will only get bigger and more significant over time. Ultimately, it will result in things running smoothly, quality improving, and more money in your back pocket!

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