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LET’S LISTEN TO MUSIC

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Productivity Tips | 0 comments

LET’S LISTEN TO MUSIC

Now that winter is nearly over, I’m wondering how I got all my work done. Winter is a busy time due to holidays, snow shoveling days, and days when you just don’t feel like working. Music makes me move. Almost everywhere you go, you hear music of one kind or another. This got me thinking, so I did some web research. Does music make you work better? There’s research on all sides of this question, but most seem to agree that for repetitive tasks, music does make you work better. Is it the music itself or does the music put you in a better mood? Studies show that work can be boring, so music lifts the mood and sets a tempo and you work according to the music you’re listening to. On the other hand, for creative tasks or tasks involving problem solving, music seems to be a disturbance. Imagine trying to figure out a trigonometry problem, while listening to heavy metal music. The two don’t go together. Listening to music, while trying to learn anything seems to be counterproductive. Full concentration is needed! What about silence? Is there a place for silence? Yes. Workers in a phone bank need to focus on the caller’s voice and people trying to learn a new language need quiet, so they can hear and imitate the new sounds. Some people think silence is off-putting, which brings up ambient music. This kind of music is similar to a waterfall or fireplace crackle. This is also “white noise’. If you enjoy this kind of music, here are two website to try SimplyNoise and RainyMood. If I’m having difficulty settling down to work due to stress or looming deadlines, I try some jazz. It relaxes me and puts me in the mood to work. If you’re workplace is noisy or if the noise is outside, like a construction job, then maybe cranking up some of your favorite music is the key to blocking out the unpleasant sounds and creating an energetic atmosphere. Headphones or earbuds may also be a solution to loud or unpleasant noise. Lyrics can also be a distraction. Listening to the newest song from your favorite recording artist, while trying to learn something, is not going to work well. You will automatically concentrate on the lyrics and not the task. In this case, playing some of your favorite songs that you know all the words to, will allow your mind to concentrate on the task and not have to choose between the two. Lyrics or no lyrics Not all music is created equal, so sometimes melody music is all you need to put you in the mood to work or get through a boring job. You don’t need a singer belting out their pains and sorrows. Some people find just music a great stress reliever. They just sit back and let the music flow over them without trying to catch any words. When you’re working, what kind of music to you like to listen to? Send your comments to: JPlante@VirtualColleagueLLC.com    ...

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