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May 17, 2017

Creating The Perfect Playlist To Boost Your Productivity 

On the average, every music lover listens to four hours of music each day, it might not be all at once but put together, you spend at least 3-4 hours of your day with your earphones on, sometimes, even when at work.  But can listening to music actually improve your job performance?

According to science, it can. But pressing play on your music app may not help you reach your full potential — even if it does drown out the sounds from the loud office banter. In order to optimize your focus and work output, you’ll need to build your playlists strategically.

Here’s how…

Fill Your Playlist With Your Favorite Songs

Listening to familiar music can improve your mood and mental state, putting you in a good place to make headway on your to-do list. If you have a cognitively demanding task to complete (like writing a paper or learning a new software), use music to get yourself in the zone before getting down to work.

Avoid Adding New Music To Your Playlist

Everyone likes discovering new artists, but listening to new songs on the job can diminish your output. When you listen to a song that’s unfamiliar to you, the novelty of the music can cause your brain to release dopamine—which can make you feel happy, but also distract you from your work (I know, that sounded so nerdy, get over it) .

Pump Up The Jams During Data Entry

Music is great for tasks that might otherwise prove repetitive or boring—like filing papers or making copies. Not only can it keep your brain occupied, but it can also help you work more efficiently and make fewer mistakes. So, when it’s time to break out the spreadsheets, listen to whatever you want.

Add An Instrumental Section To Your Playlist

If you work in a loud office but still need to concentrate, devote a section of your playlist to classical music. These tracks can help drown out your noisy neighbors while still allowing you to focus on the task at hand.

Know When It’s Time To Turn The Music Off

Studies show that listening to music can be distracting for people engaging in cognitively demanding tasks. If you’re trying to read, write, retain new information or learn a new skill, opt for silence instead.

There.. Go build your playlist and kill it at work.
PS: This doesn’t apply if you have to deal with clients/customers. It would be considered rude if you have earphones on.



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