Friday’s Final Thought: Music and Productivity

Is your Pandora station helping you to focus or is it a background distraction? Experts agree that music can improve your mood and reduce stress, two factors that ultimately contribute to increased focus and creativity. Music has also been known to improve performance when working on repetitive tasks. In fact, surgeons often have their favorite tracks playing in the operating room.

Go ahead and crank up the volume, but keep these pointers in mind:

  • Stick to familiar tracks when you need to focus. Otherwise you may be distracted by new sounds and lyrics.
  • Lyric-free music is best when working on a writing project. Listening to words activates the language center of your brain, which you need to be focused on the project at hand.
  • Tune out when studying. Research shows music can interfere with your ability to absorb new materials.

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