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Listening to music at work

We all struggle with finding the motivation to get things done from time to time. Sometimes, we want to get work done but we just can’t seem to focus on the task at hand. Many people say that listening to music while they work improves their mood and can even make them more productive. Why is that? How can music both inspire creativity and boost productivity at work?

Music is everywhere in our lives, and with today’s technology, you have access to millions of songs with just a few clicks of a button. You can search things like “productivity music” on YouTube or Spotify, and you’ll get hundreds of results from many different genres. Everyone enjoys at least one type of music, whether it be pop, hip-hop, EDM, rock, jazz, classical, or many others. The great thing about music is that there are so many different genres, so there’s something out there for everyone. Music is highly linked to human emotion, and just about every song out there can convey a message or tell a story. Listening to music that we enjoy can put us in a good mood, which is why people listen to it almost everywhere you can think of. You’ll hear it at a restaurant, grocery store, bar, lobby, elevator, gym, and more.

So, why listen to music at work?

There is a ton of research out there that investigates how music has a positive effect on one’s productivity. Even more, research shows that music can influence your mood. Music adds another dimension to your environment, which is why it is often used to curate an ambiance in a space. Having music playing softly at work can be background noise to minimize distractions and help you focus.

Listening to the right type of music at work is key.

When you want to focus, you’ll want to listen to more relaxing genres. My go-to genre of music to help me concentrate when I’m studying or getting work done is lo-fi music. There are plenty of playlists and live streams online that you can find to provide you with an endless supply of music that will help you focus, such as Lofi Girl on YouTube. If you’re feeling tired, or you’re getting towards the end of the workday, listening to more upbeat music will help keep you going. I personally love listening to house music as it keeps my mind in a solid groove which can help me power through whatever I’m working on. A lot of songs that fall under the house music genre typically have a BPM, or beats per minute, of around 120. This is said to be many people’s “ideal BPM” in terms of improving their mood.

As marketing is often a creative field, listening to music to help inspire your creativity might be the best solution when you’re faced with a roadblock. Some of our best ideas are thought up when we’re listening to music and entering that creative headspace.

If you want to try listening to music while you work, but you’re not sure what to listen to or where to start, you can look for music on YouTube, or any music streaming service, by searching things like “focus,” “concentrate,” “productivity,” or “study.” Explore around, and you’ll find songs and playlists that work for you. Eventually, you may even want to create your own playlists of songs you know will help you focus on getting things done!

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James C.

Junior Marketing Associate at Tipsy Social. SUNY New Platz senior studying communications and public relations. Long Island native.

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