Do You Listen to Music While You Work?

I love to listen to music while I work. I work with horses in the mornings and my work is very routine. Listening to music makes the time go faster and it probably helps me move faster too.

I like hearing music while I grocery shop. There is one grocery store in town in particular that has the best music, O’Briens Market. I can always count on them to play Barry Manilow, The Carpenters, etc.

I always liked having music playing when I visited the chiropractor’s office. The music always helped me relax while having an adjustment.

This chart show us what others think about listening to music while working.


Here are a couple of reasons I found as to why you may need to play music in your office according to

Music Makes Repetitive Tasks More Enjoyable

Music’s effectiveness is dependent on how “immersive” a task is, referring to the creative demand of the work.

When a task is clearly defined and repetitive in nature, research suggests that music is consistently helpful.

Assembly line workers showed signs of increased happiness and efficiency while listening to music, for example.

More modern studies would argue that it isn’t the music itself, but rather the improved mood your favorite music brings that is the source of this bump in productivity.

Music with a dissonant tone was found to have no impact to productivity, while music in the major mode, or key, had better results: “Subjects hearing BGM (background music) achieved greater productivity when BGM was in the major mode.”

Ambient Noise Is The Creative Sweet Spot

For those who do enjoy listening to music during creative sessions, an atmospheric presence seems to work best.

Researchers have shown that a moderate noise level can get creative juices flowing, but the line is easily crossed; loud noises made it incredibly difficult to concentrate. Bellowing basses and screeching synths will do you more harm than good when engaging in deep work.

A 2015 study found that when it came to sound-masking with ambient noise, “natural” sounds, such as waves at a beach, also improved subjects’ ability to concentrate.

What are the best types of music to listen to while working at a desk?

I think Baroque music is the best. It may help you develop an appreciation for the music too.

Lacking in lyrics and often considered the finest form of the craft, classical music is a popular choice. One study made it clear that Baroque-period tunes have a measurable impact on productivity.

What are the best types of music to listen to while working on an assembly line?

Music that you can tap your foot to. Music that makes you want to move.

What are the best types of music to listen to while working outdoors?

For me personally I enjoy listening to music from the 80’s. It can be rock or country. I like music that I can sing along to.

What are your favorites to listen to while you work?


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