Last week I set myself a challenge of listening to only Bach’s music for a week and it is time to write about that experience. I am very glad to write that I could stick with that simple goal without swaying!
I got to listen to some great music by Bach by sticking with this goal and I could cut down the myriad distractions with this goal. Now, some of the most favourite compositions are very much ingrained in my mind which is fantastic as I’m a big Bach admirer.
Sometimes the urge was very strong to listen to some other music which I enjoy a lot as well. I have a wide range of taste when it comes to music thus to confine to one genre even for one week was not an easy task. Eventually it paid off by limiting distractions which was very beneficial for studies and reading. My mind no longer tried to ‘lip sync’ with a song as it is impossible to do with classical music! Furthermore, as Bach’s music is very harmonic I find his music much better to ‘put on and forget’ compared with more complex music, for example that of Beethoven.
I have scrobbled more than 900 times during this period, so much so that now Bach is the fourth highest most listened to artist on my last.fm page. Useless statistic… but good to keep track on my music habits nonetheless.
I found that sticking with a public challenge very useful to stay on track. Although at times I was very close to break the rules – for example by listening to a Youtube music video! But I managed to stick with the goal steadfastly and that was mostly due of the public nature of the goal even though not many people will ever get to see the post or take an interest!
This lead me to think about accountable goal setting and I came across Brent Yorgey’s excellent post about how Beeminder changed his life. Beeminder was one of the best things I discovered last week. I thought of signing up for the service and more importantly to start using the service to keep track of my goals in a very quantitative way.