Does music help you work better?

Well, it depends.

Take a moment and tell me if you work better with or without music in the comments below.

Whatever the case may be music and work have always been intertwined.

Historically the Music While You Work programme was introduced by the UK government  – where they broadcast  upbeat music in factories twice a day might help to step up the pace of work. But,some employees complained of lower productivity when music was blasting through overhead speakers.

Well, everyone has a certain capacity of working memory. This working memory is put into use when we are trying to remember our grocery list or trying to solve a math problem.

If you are someone who has a hard time handling multiple pieces of information in your working memory – the music now become a distraction – disturbing your workflow.

We know how beneficial music can be – It improves physical performance, can develop cognitive performance and boost productivity. But some of us work well with music. Some prefer silence. And some feel that music is a hindrance.

So, what’s going on?

Bring your focus back to the first line – It depends

 Background music can help when revising old material – something you have already read before.But when trying to wrap your head around a topic that is entirely new – many people prefer to study in silence.

It also depends on your mood and the task at hand.

Familiar music is better to help us focus. But music with lyrics is distracting and can evoke nostalgia – pulling you away from the task at hand,Mozart’s classical music has proven to increase cognitive capacity – often described as the Mozart effect.

Music to me is often a distraction while writing a blog post. So, I prefer ASMR or background noises such as the busy chatter of a café or the sounds of a library.

So, in summary –. See what kind of music you prefer while working on certain tasks.

Remember to work to your own beat.

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