Why music affects your productivity
Certain regions in our brain—which evoke strong emotions and improve concentration—are more active when we listen to familiar rather than unfamiliar music.
Plus, when we listen to unfamiliar music we’re more likely to lose focus, while adjusting to the new sound.
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Although there may be detrimental effects of listening to music while working, listening to music in between tasks can boost your mental performance and the ability to concentrate on a task for long periods of time.
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.
Music improves physical performance by increasing capacity to exercise longer and harder, and delaying fatigue.
Listening to motivational music whilst exercising can also help to reduce boredom and improve the quality of your workouts.
Studies show that music with lyrics reduces our mental performance at work, with performance being reduced with increased speech intelligibility - the more voices we can hear while working, including lyrics, the lower our productivity.
Meanwhile, instrumental music could boost our productivity.
Listening to music you enjoy makes the brain release dopamine, which makes you feel good, and reduces stress and anxiety.
Music has the power to improve our mood, which in turn could improve our ability to focus and concentrate on the task at hand.
“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
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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.
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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It’s best to listen to music you are familiar with if you need intense focus for 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.
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 akin to holding a conversation while another person talks over you… while also strumming a guitar.
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Music has a real impact on human emotions and perception. Music activates different areas of the brain in different people, but there are general brain and mood patterns revealed by music research.
For the most part, research suggests that listening to music can improve your efficiency, creativity and happiness in terms of work-related tasks.