“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”- Aldous Huxley
A lot of people surprisingly belong to the first category. Does music really make you more productive? How amongst the treble and the beats do you focus? The answer lies somewhere in between the piano symphony playing in the background and the tranquil atmosphere of the next room.
Some studies suggest that listening to certain kinds of music, Mozart’s in particular impacts and boosts one’s spatial temporal reasoning or the ability to think abstractly and long term. Although there has been some controversy surrounding this, there however have been a few people for whom this idea has worked on.
A lot of offices here in Australia in fact allow smooth FM to play for instance, and they quite willingly allow people to listen to music as they work. It wasn’t always this way, so what changed? Why have people all over the world allowed music to play as we work? Cafes and retail stores for example use music as a way of creating the right atmosphere. Studies have shown that the music played at a store along with the ambiance has a positive effect on people when they shop! Meaning that they spend more, of course. It’s not hard to imagine is it? We would spend more time at the store if we like what we see, the store has a nice vibe about it and the music makes us feel good! Literally too! Music releases dopamine- the feel good hormone, much in the same way that chocolate makes you feel better. Music helps soothe your nerves and is quite therapeutic in nature.
People’s minds as we work tend to wonder, so music can help bring you back to the present. Here are 9 simple ways music can help you focus:
1. It takes control over the distracted part of your brain: Meaning when your distraction is under control, your brain begins to focus on the present and you will work faster. But, this is more the case for music that doesn’t have lyrics. So play some classical symphony to help get you going!
2. It makes you happy! – Some people respond to rock, hip hop, country to help take their mind of the day’s grind but hey, listen to what makes you happy!
3. It makes your work more enjoyable and therefore you work faster
5. Reduces headache and migraines brought on by pressure and tense situations- Ever heard of the saying “Music has charms to soothe a savage beast,” Listening to music soothes tense nerves and therefore alleviate pain.
6. It has the power to increase certain kinds of higher brain function.
7. It improves body movement and co-ordination –By reducing muscle tension, you tend to do better at work.
8. Music improves productivity- some studies and neuroscience reports have shown that a person’s ability to recognize visual images, including letters and numbers, is faster when either rock or classical music is playing in the background.
9. It makes you more approachable and helps you think better in high pressure environments.
Whatever your line of work maybe, playing soft, instrumental or easy to listen to music is good to help you perform better and ensure that your day at work is a good one!
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”– Plato
So pop those headphones on and listen to some good music! You can be assured of a great day at work!
Do you listen to music while working? What kind of music helps you work better?
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