Music to get you through the workday
The fact that most of us listen to music during the workday is no secret, at least here at the digifi.it headquarters. Spotify released a study last year on people’s music habits during their 9-5s, which showed about two-thirds of people listen to something at their desks, claiming it made them both happier and more productive.
However, before you go running to your boss with a new plan to get your Google Play Music subscription paid for on expenses, you might want to turn off the Katy Perry and instead use a free ambient noise service such as Noisli; as although office workers might claim pop music makes them more productive, science has shown that online cialis
for anything more creative than simply cleaning out your inbox, music will generally do more harm than good in terms of productivity. Instead, ambient noise such as that in the background of a coffee shop or library will distract 5mg cialis
your brain just enough to force it into a more creative and productive space.
A decent compromise between ambient sounds of nature and pop music lies within genres such as trance, which have very little change or lyrics, thus taking up less cognitive bandwidth but still drowning out your coworker’s incessant pen-tapping. Our Marketing Exec Aiste has taken this path, listening to deep house and lounge chill-out tunes in the office.
Our director Sam has taken a similar option; spending his time listening to chilled-out Oasis songs to keep him calm and his mind sharp whilst busy at work here in the office.
Taking almost the complete opposite route of music is our consultant Jonathan, who sits at his desk listening to the soundtracks of musical theatre productions such as The Book of Mormon, or up-tempo pop music when there’s a lot of work to be done.
Designer Jacek opts for ska, reggae, punk-rock and new wave genres depending on his workload. Today he’s listening to The Cure and Bauhaus. (Jacek is also one of the radio-listeners of the office, with DJ, musician and filmmaker Don Letts’ Radio 6 show as his favourite.)
Ultimately, no matter what your preferred genre of music, it can help you increase your productivity if you let it. We all work differently at different times of the day, and as adults, I’m sure we can adjust our music to best support our needs. (Or not — it is a Friday after all.)
What are your favourite office tunes? Tweet us at @digifi_it, using the hashtag #digifitunes to create a universal workplace playlist!