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Music and Productivity

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Music and Productivity

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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 a no-go.

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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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Ambient noise

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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Music and repetitive tasks

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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Music and work

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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Music for better productivity and focus

Music for better productivity and focus

  • 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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Lyrics can be distracting

Lyrics can be distracting

For activities that don’t require concentration, music with lyrics has some benefits. But with immersive tasks, lyrics are especially destructive to our focus.

Trying to engage in language-related tasks ( e.g. writing ) while listening to lyrics would be a...

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