You finally found the perfect co-working space in your neighborhood and its community is thriving with a diverse group of entrepreneurs and innovators. But, it’s the middle of the week and you find yourself staring blankly into your computer screen, waiting for inspiration to strike, or time has caught up with you and now, you have to wade into the countless emails you’ve been putting off for weeks.
You just simply can’t be motivated. Fortunately, there is a simple solution that you can incorporate into your work routine to help relieve the monotony.
PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Listening to music is scientifically proven to help boost productivity and motivation.
There are studies that show surgeons become more efficient and accurate when music is played during procedures in the operating theater, and listening to classical or rock music helps when working with numbers. Music generally lifts our mood and mental alertness, which can only benefit our productivity at work.
When we listen to music, dopamine is released in our brains and the effect is quite similar to experience when we eat our favourite food. Dopamine is known to help increase our focus and when we listen to music, it gets us into that “flow state” or “being in the zone” where we lose ourselves into a task. It also fires up our endorphines and that helps speed us up.
SOUNDTRACKS FOR DIFFERENT TASKS
Diversify your playlist depending on the task you need to accomplish. Listening to instrumental “epic” music and video game music helps when learning new information, or when writing the next NY Times Bestseller in Fiction.
As for mundane and repetitive tasks, listening to music with lyrics helps us get through it faster and happier. A study shows that radiologists listening to classical music increased their mood and concentration improving diagnostic accuracy.
If you are managing a co-working space and wondering what music to play in the background, ambient music or nature music is known to lessen stress and boost productivity. Soothing sounds of nature such as rainfall, babbling brook, or rustling leaves played at approximately 70 decibels increase creativity and decrease stress levels.
Music can definitely help us get through the work day, so go ahead, invest in a noise-cancelling headphones, settle on your favourite spot on your co-working place, and get into that flow state and before you know it, it’s the end of the day.
P.S. This blog post was written, edited and posted to the tune of epic music from Pandora Journey.
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