Music has a way of expressing that which cannot be put into words. It is for this reason that music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity. So put down that 2:00 cup of coffee and put on your head phones instead. You might just be rocking out to the end of your work day!
Music has increasingly become a part of the modern-day work session. With so much of our work now being done at computers, music has become an important way to “optimize the boring.”
Though it may be a fine way to avoid habituation, the question remains: does music actually make you more productive, more focused or more creative? When evaluating music’s effectiveness in increasing productive output, one element to consider how “immersive” the task at hand is. This refers to the variability and creative demand of the task. Writing a brand new essay from scratch is synthesis work that demands a lot of creativity; answering your emails is mundane work that does not.
Despite the somewhat variable effects of music on the individual, one thing is definitely clear — a noisy workplace can end up halting productivity in its tracks. Perhaps a pair of headphones may not be as distracting as some bosses tend to think. For those that do benefit in listening to music during creative sessions, an “ambient” presence of music appears to work best.
Researchers have shown that a moderate noise level can really get creative juices flowing, but that too much noise has the opposite effect.This would imply that music with especially low-lows or especially high-highs should be avoided.
Deep basses and screeching synths might get you energized, but when listening and engaging in deep work, favor a more mellow sound. Again, we fall back into the knowledge that instrumental music does hold a benefit when it comes to freeing our mind and creating a less distracting environment for us to be in.
I’m sure you want to blast your favorite songs through your speakers, but if you truly want to be more productive at work, your best bet is to find some sort of instrumental balance that you can listen to and keep that plugged in during your day.
[Reprinted From: http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/]