Music has become part of the modern office and workplace. But is music really that productive? Why do people tend to be more productive with a specific genre? And do lyrics influence your productivity?
To really understand the productivity of music to our brain, we have to dive in some research. Many studies about this subject show different results and theories; more modern studies link the productivity of music to your previous listening behavior of a song and other studies show improving results when people listen to a specific genre.
Music with lyrics is considered to be the most distracting. Especially when writing emails, setting up documents or doing language oriented tasks. However developing or writing code tasks are more productive by listening to music with lyrics.
The most productive music to listen to is Ambient music. Atmospheric soundscapes, floating pads, evolving drones can help you be more focused and productive. As long as the sounds are ‘natural’ your productivity will increase. However too loud and harsh ambient noises can make it difficult to concentrate.