The Impact of Music
We’ve all had one of those days – tons to do but you can’t seem to concentrate to get anything done at work.
Maybe the silence is deafening. This project is the last thing you want to work on. Or the people in the next cubicle are chatting loudly.
One of my go-to strategies is to lose myself in music.
Stanford University School of Medicine found that music actually engages the brain, so that you focus on the task at hand.
The research of Dr. Teresa Lesiuk of the University of Windsor suggests it may be more than brain activity. She found that in the workplace, people who listened to music finished tasks faster and offered better ideas because the music improved their mood.
Either way, research shows that listening to music is an easy strategy to increase your productivity on the job.
The challenge is choosing the right music.
When you listen to music that is connected to something extremely personal and emotionally-charged, the music will distracts you with personal thoughts and memories, according to neural architecture research at the University of California.
The answer appears to be choosing the music you enjoy, but not too much. Today I reached for my headset to listen to 101 Instrumental Moods by the Intimate Orchestra on iTunes. I love this album, and with 101 songs, it’ll take me a while to grow tired of it.
What is your favourite workplace playlist?