Music is considered one of the triumphs of personal creativity. Music is integrated into our everyday activities, and many people need to listen to it while they are hard at work. With this in mind, it is important to consider the effects music has on our productivity. Does music boost an individual’s creativity and focus? 

The indefinite result is a unique combination of science and art. Though the results of music and productivity studies vary, the majority of people seem to stimulate their minds at work with music. To some, sequences of sound in industry may in fact boost productivity, especially in repetitive tasks and clearly outlined chores.

One key to task efficiency is getting more done in less time. When considering habits of productive people, such as world-class musicians, the secret to success is to be fully engaged in your specified practice during a determined time. Our minds tend to wander, and music can bring us back to the present moment.

Sonically, music aids in enhancing one’s mood and positivity. The physiology of the brain encourages the release of dopamine when listening to melodious sounds. Psychoacoustic techniques prove to optimize one’s happiness and tranquility, allowing for a greater focus and concentration when completing assignments.

The nature of the task is an essential component to consider, as music’s effectiveness is most beneficial when conducting repetitive or routine tasks, like household duties, organizing files, or answering your emails. Music can bump proficiency when an objective is clearly outlined.

An article in The New York Times states, "Dr. [Teresa] Lesiuk’s research focuses on how music affects workplace performance. In one study involving information technology specialists, she found that those who listened to music completed their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who didn’t, because the music improved their mood."

Considering most of our work is done at our computers with online music streaming services easily available, a pivotal factor is choosing the right content. Certain musical tempos serve as a therapeutic remedy, calming our nervous system and increasing concentration flow. Furthermore, self-selected music emphasizes a person’s control over their environment and emotions.

With immersive tasks, music without lyrics is best. According to an article by Entrepreneur, ambient electronic music with no lyrics may be the creative sweet spot. Moderate and mellow euphonies inspire work modes, whereas deep bass and synths are most suitable for active activities like running. If you need to intensely focus on a project, research shows music you are familiar with is most beneficial.

An exception to musical benefits while working is when obtaining new information. Memorizing and music may demand too much of your attention at once. If you prefer to work in silence, an alternative is to take musical breaks. A euphoric change in environment can still influence your work productivity. In order to see a boost in productivity, try experimenting with different genres and different tasks. You may be pleasantly surprised.

[H/T: Entrepreneur]

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