Here at Tommy we are focused on the BIG questions in life and solving all of the world’s problems over coffee… or at least how we can make it a slightly better place. In this article we look at research related to music’s impact in the workplace. Does listening to music distract you from your work? Or does it help you be more productive during your workday? We also look at the different types of music and their effect on the listener.
The simple and generic answer to this question is yes… with a “but” afterwards. It actually depends on the person. There are those that don’t really like listening to music while working, and those that do. However, studies have shown this actually relates to the kind of music vs a discussion of if music is effective or not. Many that report not enjoying music while working do also report they enjoying and being more productive with ambient noise such as coffee shop bustle, running water, and waves crashing at the beach.
This is probably the most common example of how music can help. Soothing sounds of nature (such as rainfall or flowing water) improve concentration and cognitive function. It can also enhance mood and focus.However, avoid listening to jarring noises, such as animal noises and bird calls. They can be a great distraction while you work.
We all have bad days. And one way to take control is through listening to music. The first thing that you need to do is listen to music that matches your mood. Once the first song is done, listen to a new song that is slightly more positive. Repeat this process until you reach peak positivity… however you might define that. This technique is called the “Iso-principle.”
Another way to improve your mood is to listen to your favorite music. If it’s not too distracting, it could enhance your productivity too but it is more “hit and miss”.
Has someone ever told you that listening to classical music makes you smarter? There’s actually a scientific basis for that.
Researchers have a theory called the Generalized Mozart Effect (GME). It suggests that classical music can improve a person’s ability to manipulate objects and solve spatial puzzles, which are useful in designing. Classical music can also calm people down and reduce stress.
Another example is cinematic music. It can empower you, lift your spirits, brighten your mood, heighten your concentration, and maximize productivity.
Do you have an urgent task? You should listen to fast music to help you out!
This may be unexpected, but this is true. Video game music is carefully chosen to enhance your experience without causing distractions. It helps you focus on your task, and its fast pace can push you forward.
When your task is repetitive, you might not be motivated to do it. To help you out with that, you should listen to music you like. It will elevate your happiness, efficiency, and productivity.
According to modern studies, people who listened to background music in the major mode had better results. So choose your songs wisely!
People have different preferences in music, and each type has its own effects. Looking at the topic generally, music can help increase productivity, boost your mood, and inspire you to do your best but don’t use that ‘random’ button, pick your playlist carefully.