For most office workers, it turns out the best thing to listen to is nothing. When silence and music were put head-to-head in more cognitively complex tests, people did better in silence.
Tips & Tricks:
Music can be productive for:
- Making repetitive tasks less boring.
- Keeping workers alert.
But music can also ruin productivity:
- Engaging music is bad for tasks requiring concentration.
- Music with lyrics is bad for verbal tasks. It competes for your attention.
- Music with lots of variation impairs performance.
- Music and speech negatively affects memory and math skills.
So why do we still listen to music while working?
- We don’t actually feel it affecting us negatively at work.
- We enjoy it, especially over deafening silence.
- Enjoy your music during your break times.
- Do away with any and all noise altogether if you’re doing deep, focused work.
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