No Foodie Fridays this week because the most exciting thing I did food-wise was to add onions to my usual Subway order. Although that was delicious.
As I mentioned on Wednesday, this week has not been particularly good for my anxiety. I had a full afternoon of workshops, seminars and meetings yesterday that I knew I needed to power through, and so I turned my attention to my Get Stuff Done playlist. This playlist is something that I listen to when I am
A) trying to finish an essay
B) running Couch To 5K
C) wanting to hold my head up and strut down campus to try and pretend that I am a strong independent woman whose anxiety will not stand in her way.
(Yes, it’s actually called “Get Shit Done” but nsfw and all that…)
Anyway, here are 20 of the songs on there!
You can listen to the playlist here.
- 212 – Azealia Banks
This song is definitely on here for the beat – a strutting song if ever I heard one! Azealia’s tone of voice is also good for feeling a little more confident. The lyrics are a bit nsfw though!
- Survivor – Destiny’s Child
No self-respecting motivational playlist would be complete without this song. It’s what I like to term a “going into battle” song, and I tend to listen to this before a meeting or halfway through my jog when I think I’m about to collapse.
- I’ll Make A Man Out Of You – Donny Osmond
Perhaps one of the ultimate motivational songs! From the drum beat to the lyrics, I doubt there is anyone who doesn’t burst into “to defeat the Huns” once the words “let’s get down to business” have been uttered. Unless they’ve lived under a rock.
- American Boy – Estelle ft Kanye West
Another song which made it onto the list for its beat, but also the sassiness of the lyrics. As long as you don’t turn into Smithy and Rudy from Gavin and Stacy during Kanye’s bit. (Who am I kidding, we all do…)
- Since U Been Gone – Ester Dean and Skylar Astin
I chose the acapella version from Pitch Perfect because it makes me concentrate on trying to beatbox the backing vocals. This is especially useful for when I’m jogging and I can pace my steps! Also, it makes me think of Skylar Astin which is a plus.
- The Phoenix Knows What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy.
One of many Tumblr remixes which have wormed their way into my heart, this one merges two very motivational FOB songs and turns them into a massive battle track. No motivational playlist would be complete without it for me.
- Rat A Tat – Fall Out Boy
On here for the beat and the fact that it’s Fall Out Boy, Rat A Tat is another great song for pacing yourself, whether it be for strutting, running, or typing. At least you won’t be stumbling.
- Love Bites (So Do I) – Halestorm
Lzzy Hale is one of the ultimate in badass women and this song always makes me want to channel her. It also makes me want to don my Ruby Woo and some spiky heels. A definite strutting song!
- One Day More – Les Misérables cast
Obviously a going into battle track. This version is from the recent film because Aaron Tveit (did you see Grease Live? I needed some ice in my drink and a large fan. And to marry that boy.)
- Any Way You Want It – Mary J Blige and Julianne Hough
Oh look the Grease Live cast have cropped up again. This is the Rock of Ages film track, and was my original running soundtrack. Great beat, and makes me want to strive for something.
- Friday Night – McFly
Yet again, this song made it onto my playlist because of its beat. This is definitely more of a motivational track for running for me because I can pace myself to it. It also makes me think of how far these boys have come! Then makes me feel old.
- Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
Mainly on the list for that moment when the banjo drops and it’s all frenzied and you want to type away like a madwoman if you’re essay writing. The sheer anger behind the nsfw line is very motivational too.
- This Is Gospel – Panic! At The Disco
It starts off by lulling you into a false sense of security but it builds! The chorus is great for pushing yourself, especially in a running workout, but also for walking into a meeting or something. It kind of feels cleansing?
- Now – Paramore
Very much a battle song. The lyrics really make me want to strive for something and be the best I can be, which makes it a perfect addition to my motivational playlist – it works for essays, confidence building, and running!
- Bite My Tongue – You Me At Six ft Oli Sykes
This song takes me right back to my freshers year, when I would listen to this on the bus to uni every day on repeat to psych myself up. I was in a very dark place and this song gave me a way to channel my depression and make it through that day.
- Bones – Young Guns
Another battle song! It’s so powerful, and when I listen to it I kind of feel like I have a powerhouse behind me, pushing me forward to do whatever it is I have to do and rise above it once I’m out the other side.
- Man! I Feel Like A Woman – Shania Twain
Definitely a strutting song, this one. An anthem for women everywhere, this song makes you want to hold your head high, toss your hair back, and go for it down the high-street. Or down the middle of the Arts and Humanities corridor, either one.
- Heavydirtysoul – twenty one pilots
This one has a good backbeat and the rhythm carries you through the song. Although the lyrics are a plea for help, there is something empowering in it which really helps me before a meeting or conference.
- Alien Nation – Scorpions
This is one of my ultimate battle songs. This is mainly because it reminds me of playing Halo with my brother, but also because it has such an empowering beat and makes me feel like I want to fight something. (A brute. From a warthog.)
- Stay Awake – All Time Low
This is motivational in that it is comforting. “Get a grip and get out; you’re safe from the weight of the world” has really helped me to get through things that I thought were impossible, and so makes it onto my motivational playlist.
What do you think of it? Have I missed anything out? Let me know in the comments!
Hope everyone’s ok out there!