Tip 4 for Respect, Productivity & Notice at Work: Find Music that Works with You

by Jan 24, 2019

Tip four is for people looking to make small adjustments to their work routine in order to achieve better focus. This tip is to try listening to music of different styles of both before and during your tasks. What’s recommended varies depending on the type of work you do, what you do, how you do it and which study you are reading as they differ.


One thing worth trying for those in most office environments is to listen to music before beginning the task. In Shana Lebowitz’s article for which these series is based, she highlights the finding of neuroscientist and musician Daniel Levitin, that it is better “to listen to music for 10 to 15 minutes before you get down to work, so you’re relaxed and in a good mood.” If you listen to music while you work, try listening beforehand instead and see if your memory improves inline with Levitin’s findings. If you don’t listen to music before setting yourself to a task, give it a try if permitted in your workplace.


Rachel Gillet offers a great overview of research here in her article on “the best music to listen to for optimal productivity, according to science.” The studies referenced in Gillet’s piece are at times at odds but there is general agreement that music without words played at medium levels is less distracting and more conducive to concentration. You should also try to listen to songs you enjoy (but don’t love or hate) with a motivating tempo. Only you know what works for you though. The suggestion made in this fourth tip is to experiment to find what works for you.


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