When I'm doing something that needs great focus I usually listen to a song I know on repeat. The genre is either rap or classic rock or anything else I just like. I let my discovery services help guide me. Recently it was songs off of Jay Z's Blueprint 2 over and over and over.
I guess that's my "hacking" mode. In code mode, I sort of listen to whatever, and it's usually a bit chiller.
I totally am with you on podcasts for chores. A lot of work doesn't actually need that much brain power and I definitely don't mind having people chatting it up in my ears while I work.
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