Music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity.
But does music itself help to increase your productivity and creativity?
It is very valuable question, since music has increasingly become a part of the modern-day workplace. It has a specific value, as art decorates space, so does music decorate time.
We are spending so much time at work or in front of our computers, so it has become inseparable from our day-to-day tasks. It is a way to “optimize the boring” tasks while looking at screens.
To better understand the impact on our productivity, let’s look at the research.
Music makes repetitive tasks more enjoyable
When your task is clearly defined and repetitive in nature, experts suggested that music can contribute to your productivity.
A series of experiments were made in order to evaluate the relationship between the playing of background music during the performance of repetitive work and efficiency in performing such a task. The results give strong support for listening music in order to increase your employees productivity.
Along with it, line workers showed signs of increased happiness and efficiency while listening to music, for example.
BGM (background music) can help you to achieve greater productivity when BGM is in major mode. While music with a dissonant tone was found to have no impact to productivity.
In a noisy workplace, music can serve as an escape.
One point is clear, regarding open-office debate: a noisy workplace can halt personal productivity in its tracks.
Perhaps, using a pair of headphones may not be as distracting as some companies think:
Dr. Lesiuk’s research focuses on how music affects workplace performance. She found that employees who listened to music completed their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who didn’t, because the music influenced their mood.
It is true that open space encourages more collaboration, but noise can be too much for some people to handle when engaging in deep work. If there is no physical escape, a pair of headphones will be the best alternative.
Ambient noise is the creative sweet spot
Researchers have shown that a balanced noise can get creative juices flowing, but the line can be easily crossed. In comparison loud noises made it incredibly difficult to concentrate.
Research prove that, “natural” sounds, such as waves at a beach, also affects our productivity and concentration.
Whether deliberately created or naturally occurring, a soft background noise is what you should aim for.
Lyrics are often too distracting
For low-immersion or physical tasks, music can be perfect solution. But for intensive work, where you need to concentrate, lyrics are especially destructive for focus.
Research shows that music that can be clearly heard and understood, is distracting for the environment. I to try to engage in language related tasks, such as writing or reading while listening to lyrics would be distraction. Like holding a conversation while another person talks over you.
In comparison, lyrics might not have the same effect on creative tasks that don’t directly deal with “verbal architecture.”
Familiarity is best for focus
It may be helpful to listen to music you are familiar with if you need to intensely focus for a project.
The reason being is that new music sometimes is surprising, since you don’t know what to expect, you may focus to listen what comes next.
With familiar music, you already know what lies ahead.
I am aware that all of us have some specific preference, but there a few proven styles.
Lacking in lyrics and often considered the finest form of the craft, so classical music is very popular choice. One study prove it that Baroque-period tunes have a measurable impact on productivity.