When it comes to listening music while working, people are pretty divided. Some say that music helps them be more creative and lets them focus better on the tasks that they’re doing. On the other hand, some would say that absolutely no music should be allowed during work, as it would easily distract them. But who’s right? As always, the answer lies somewhere in the middle…

Not All Music is Created Equal

Different genres of music will have different effect on your productivity. This effect also depends on how immersive the task that you’re doing is. If your task is clearly defined and more repetitive, then listening to music while you work might actually be a good idea. Take a look at some of the types of music you might want to listen to.

•    Classical Music
According to a study, listening to classical music – baroque music, in particular – can have a great impact on your productivity. However, not just any baroque music will do. Avoid the more dramatic pieces and focus on calm and elegant pieces of music.

•    Video Game Music
This is a little bit out-of-the-box suggestion, but it makes perfect sense when you think about it. Video game music is specifically created to enhance the gaming experience while not distracting the player. So why not use that to your advantage?

•    Electronic Music
Repetitive by nature, electronic music can be a great tool in helping you be more creative. You can find playlists of electronic music that was specifically created to be played while you’re working.

•    Ambient Noise
Ok, this one isn’t really “music”, but it’s still very helpful. For example, if you’re working in a particularly loud environment, you can play a low pitch white noise in the background, which will help you better focus on your work. On the other hand, if you’re not in a noisy environment, but still want something to play in the background, how about the sound of rain? No matter the actual weather outside, you can feel nice and cozy inside with the sound of rain. Another option is the sound of a fireplace which, again, can invoke a cozy feeling that will help you relax.

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