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Music can be a great motivational tool. There’s a reason why runners are usually plugged into their iPods—the m...
Music can be a great motivational tool. There’s a reason why runners are usually plugged into their iPods—the music gives them an extra boost.
The same applies to your productivity. Having the right music playing can make the working day seem to go faster, and improve your work rate and mood.
No single playlist would work for everyone. After all, everyone’s taste in music is different.
Even so, there are a few things worth bearing in mind when devising a perfect “productivity playlist:”
The music you choose should, needless to say, be music you love, but it should also be music that inspires you and raises a smile. Music with an upbeat tempo is best for productivity, so choose songs with quite a high number of “beats per minute” (BPM).
Some of the music you like may not be ideal for improving your productivity. There may be introspective ballads you love, but they are best left off your playlist, unless you want to spend the day staring into space and forgetting your work!
One playlist probably isn’t enough. Some music may spark your creativity, but prove too distracting if you’re doing a high-pressure task.
Similarly, fast repetitive music may work as a good motivator if you’re performing dull tasks that require little motivation.
With this is mind, having a few playlists for different circumstances can pay dividends.
The fact that a playlist can improve your productivity is more than a “pop-psychology” theory. In the popular book “Your Playlist Can Change Your Life,” two PhDs and an MBA (Mindlin, Durousseau and Cardillo) provide evidence proving that music can improve your mood, relieve anxiety and help to “organize your brain.”
With that in mind, it’s well worthwhile to have some fun and create a few playlists of your own—and get to listen to the music you love whilst doing it.