The classic 1937 Disney film Snow White coined the phrase, "Whistle While You Work" and everyone started whistling along. But were they really on to something? Does music actually improve productivity, or even... make work more enjoyable?
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Some might argue that music helps the hours go by faster and keeps you focused, while others argue that music is distracting and makes it harder to concentrate. When considering whether music is more constructive rather than destructive for work, it's important to consider the type of work being done. For example, smaller admin tasks that are often repetitive can be improved through upbeat, energetic music with lyrics. However, larger tasks that require lots of focus and concentration are easier to work on while listening to calm music with no lyrics. 
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Studies also show that it's not always the type of music played that boosts productivity, but the improved mood as a result of listening to the music. Let's say you're having a rough morning: you ran out of coffee, the internet is slow, and the one time of year you need to print something, the printer decides to break down. If you turn on your favorite tunes, your improved mood will help enhance your outlook on work and trigger productivity. 
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So if you're convinced you're ready to play that funky music while you're working for the weekend, plug in those headphones, and take a look at the playlists we've put together to improve your mood no matter what tasks lie ahead.
 

1. For urgent projects that need focus and concentration

When working against the clock and against a hard deadline, you need music that will keep you focused no matter what distractions arise. The music best for this type of work is music without lyrics. Especially when it involves writing, music without lyrics keeps ears occupied while your eyes and brain focus on the task at hand. 
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2. For brainstorming or working on creative projects

Ambient music is best for these kinds of tasks. Research has shown that ambient music can give you a boost in creativity, whereas too much music has the opposite effect. Stick with calm sounds of the ocean or rainforest to get the creative juices flowing.
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3. For projects that are repetitive but easy

These admin tasks goes by a lot faster with upbeat, lively music to keep you energized. These tasks don't require too much attention, so high-energy music with lyrics can be just what you need to get through your email while dancing in your seat.
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What if your office actually plays music in the background and you don't like what's on? It may be time to build this: http://www.fastcocreate.com/1680710/what-to-do-if-your-office-spotify-playlist-sucks
 
 

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