Music is a great ally in concentration and productivity. (Photo: reproduction)
Distraction or focus, what do you think music can bring to work? Someone is bothered by his favorite song. But there are also people who don’t put their headphones on during working hours and feel much more productive. Whichever side you take, there are studies claiming that listening to music at work increases productivity. See what scientists are saying and how to use sound to your advantage.
What the experts say about increasing productivity with music
According to a study conducted by the University of Windsor, Canada, music is a great ally in concentration and productivity. Music also creates a feeling of satisfaction and happiness, thus elevating the mood of those who listen to it during working hours. It’s true that musical experiences differ from person to person, so it’s important to recognize that not every song will have the same effect on everyone.
Less noise and more focus
The work environment can be very noisy and full of distractions, so a good pair of headphones can be your go-to companion for doing your job effectively. In an interview with The New York Times, integrative medicine physician Dr. Amit Sood, states that the mind tends to wander during the day and music has the power to restore the flow of reasoning, bringing people into the present moment.
Another expert in this field, Dr. Teresa Lesiuk, who works in the music therapy program at the University of Miami, had this to say in a survey of IT professionals who listen to music during their working hours. They tend to complete their tasks faster and more effectively than their non-music-listening counterparts.
The best songs
Music taste is subjective, but there are certain types of music that contribute to greater focus at work. Instrumental style is best, especially for those who are easily distracted by the lyrics. But nothing can stop you from listening to the discography of your favorite artist. It’s no good if you sing and forget about your activities.
Among the styles most demonstrated are: classical music, nature sounds, instrumental jazz, instrumental tracks from games and movies, and songs that make you feel good no matter the situation. On streaming services, there are several lists that help with concentration. On Spotify, for example, there’s a section called “Foco” with playlist options for different moments.
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