Music is the strongest form of magic, I dare say. A matter of energy, a mood and behaviour trigger. It can change people, so it can change the world too. But what about the power of music related to work? Does it really make us more creative, productive and … happier? Or is it just a placebo?
There’s no secret that music has the power to influence our minds and behaviours. And so it does with our work. The big challenge is that music does not trigger the same emotions in all of us. We are different after all. What one person enjoys and gets creative by listening, another one can find annoying and distracting.
Nevertheless, researchers claim that classical and instrumental music relaxes the body and mind and induces a more positive state of mind. If the job itself is a stressful one, with lots of close deadlines and tasks, this kind of music is a blessing. Otherwise, it leads to a rather meditative state and daydreaming.
Music with a strong beat and rhythm stimulates brain waves, scientists say. It’s like the brain instinctively synchronizes with the beat. It doesn’t make you smarter though, but it stimulates concentration and sharp thinking.
On the other hand, music with lyrics is the most distracting, as our brain will automatically try to pick them and the focus on work is gone in seconds.
For some people, when it comes about work that is really complicated and needs a greater attention, music is not an option. Complete silence is their best friend. No matter how weird it sounds, but those that are more easily distracted by music while working are the most creative of us. They are actually distracted by any kind of noise that is irrelevant or unfamiliar. Studies showed that creativity and daydreaming are strongly connected. Those who find themselves staring into abyss regularly or just scrolling internet pages with no evident reason are more likely to be creative problem solvers.
So, music’s effectiveness is dependent on how demanding and creative a task is. When a task is clearly defined and repetitive in nature, music is consistently helpful, as those who listened to music complete their tasks more quickly and come up with better ideas than those who don’t. And that is because the music improved their mood.
We all have our favs, but the secret is to know when it’s time to rock and when to focus on work. So, you have to play your playlist smart if you want to be at your best at work.
We also made a test in the office and played for one day the music selected by each of us. It looks like 78% of our colleagues work the best with classical or instrumental music, while others prefer music with stronger beat or songs with lyrics. Figures go on with 33% of us working their best in complete silence. So, it is proven then that productivity and creativity shake hands to build great things here, at }exghts.