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How to choose the right music for different tasks
The benefits of listening to music while working
How music affects productivity
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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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.
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.
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.
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 gui...
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When a task is clearly defined and repetitive in nature, music is consistently helpful.
It isn’t the music itself, but rather the improved mood your favorite music brings that is the source of bump in productivity.
Music can make repetitive tasks more pleasurable and increase your concentration on the task.
For example, one study discovered that music could improve the performance of surgeons who take on repetitive nonsurgical laboratory tasks.
Muzak, a brand of background music, set the template for background music. It played in retail stores and other commercial premises and sold itself on the basis that it could increase productivity in workplaces.
Muzak's template for background music persisted for decades. The music was a b...
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