Back To Career News

Listening to Unfamiliar Music Makes You More Productive


Many of us spend the bulk of our working days listening to music, but which tunes we choose can make a big difference to our productivity.

The goal is to pick artists and genres that you don’t normally listen to, according to music service focus@will, a company that promises to enhance productivity through music choice.

“[I]f you like jazz, don’t listen to jazz while working, because, although that music will give you pleasure, it will also release dopamine in your brain, actually distracting you,” explains Melanie Pinola at Lifehacker.

Do You Know What You're Worth?

The good news is that it doesn’t appear that we have to start listening to music we actively hate. (Raise your hand if you were waiting for the research that said constant irritation would make us produce results with the efficiency of robots. Extremely annoyed robots.)

The idea behind focus@will’s service is that “certain music tracks in specific sequences that are proven to soothe the limbic system (the fight or flight survival mechanism in the brain), which is in constant interrupt mode, so allowing you to concentrate more fully on what you are trying to do.”

So no need to start listening to country-western if you’re a top 40 person, or Abba’s greatest hits if you love heavy metal.

Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear from you! Which music makes you work harder? Leave a comment or join the discussion on Twitter, using the hashtag #MakeItHappen.

More from PayScale

What Music Should You Listen to At Work? [infographic]

Entrepreneurs Find Success in Unusual Las Vegas Workspaces

Networking for Beginners


(Photo Credit: ms-ito/Flickr)

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
Read more from Jen

Leave a Reply

Notify of
What Am I Worth?

What your skills are worth in the job market is constantly changing.