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How Music Affects Your Productivity

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Music and work

With so much of our time being spent at work, and so much of our work being done at computers, music has become inseparable from our day-to-day tasks — a way to “optimize the boring” while looking at screens.

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When a task is clearly defined and repetitive in nature, music makes it more enjoyable.

It isn’t the music itself, but rather the improved mood your favorite music brings that will give a boost in productivity.

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Ambient noise

Moderate noise level can get creative juices flowing, but the line is easily crossed; loud noises made it incredibly difficult to concentrate. 

Bellowing basses and screeching synths will do you more harm than good when engaging in deep work.

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Lyrics are often distracting

For low-immersion or physical tasks, music with lyrics can offer huge benefits. But trying to engage in language-related tasks( e.g. writing ) while listening to lyrics would be akin to holding a conversation while another person talks over you… while also strumming a guitar. Lyrics are often ...

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Familiarity is best for focus

It may be beneficial to listen to music you are familiar with if you need to intensely focus on a project.

New music is surprising; since you don’t know what to expect, you are inclined to listen closely to see what comes next.

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  • Classical music: No lyrics are always a popular choice.
  • Electronic music: It’s repetitive but in a good way.
  • Video-game music: Game composers know the ideal music enhances the experience while not distracting the player.

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