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What music does to your productivity?


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Learn what Listening to music during work hours affect you

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What music does to your productivity?

  1. 1. What Music Does to your Productivity In biological terms, melodious sounds help encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, as would eating a delicacy, looking at something appealing or smelling a pleasant aroma, said Dr.AmitSood, a physician of integrative medicine with the Mayo Clinic. 1. It’s best if you have fast-paced music with no lyrics or singing. Lyrics can distract you and overwhelm your subconscious while you’re working. It is found the best productivity music to listen to is fast-paced classical music or fast-paced techno music with no singing. 2. The volume should be very low. Just enough to hear, but no more. Yes, there are some people out there who can work just fine with loud music blasting in their ears, but those are the exceptions to the rule. If the music is at a decent volume it will distract from your work. Ideally the volume should be just barely audible. 3. Let’s say your goal is not to work faster, but to work more methodically and reduce mistakes. Various studies have shown that when certain classical composers like Mozart are piped in through office speakers, the amount of mistakes office workers make goes down by 18 percent or more. It doesn’t make them work any faster or slower, but it does reduce their mistakes. 4. If you’re not looking forward to cleaning out your email after getting back from a vacation or filling out that nasty excel spreadsheet at the end of the month with your finances, music can help.Because listening to music you like is pleasurable, it will not only make the task seem more fun but as research shows, it can actually help you complete the task faster. 5. When you’re presented with new information that’s complicated, it takes more focus and mental energy for you to grasp and apply that knowledge.For instance, if you’re learning how to drive a stick shift car or writing your first lines of programming code, it’s best to shut the music off. 6. If you’re listening to new music (especially with lyrics) while working, your brain may release too much dopamine especially if you find a song you love.You’ll start to focus more on the music rather than the work you’re actually trying to do.Stick to your favorites list when you work 7. For creative tasks, the noise from a coffee shop can be enough to do the trick says a studypublished in the Journal of Consumer Research. Moderate background noise (about the volume of a vacuum cleaner) can create enough distraction to allow you to think more imaginatively.