However interesting your work, it can be hard to stay focused on the screen for hours on end. And that's where music comes in.
Psychologists believe that music can help improve your productivity on repetitive tasks.
For example, assembly line workers find that listening music prevents their attention from fading. It also has the effect of making the work feel less boring, while increasing arousal and alertness.
According to Psychology Today, studies supporting this conclusion have recommended that music without lyrics be used; or that if music with words is used, the words should either be familiar or boring!
A great way to stay in the zone while at your desk is to find the perfect playlist to stimulate those creative juices.
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You need to choose a range of uplifting tunes that keep your energy levels high, without making you want to jump up on your desk and start an impromptu karaoke. Also, it might be useful to create a series of playlists that you can introduce for short intervals to kickstart your energy levels.
And, if you’re working on a project that requires complex thought, you also need to remember that pop music could interfere with your cognition.
In that case, choose lyric-free, ambient music that encourages concentration without distracting you from your task.
Luckily, there's no shortage of motivating, yet chilled tracks around from which to compile the ideal music-to-work-by playlist.
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