Oftentimes we have innumerable distractions at work competing for our attention. Luckily, music can help get us back on a more productive track. Studies out of the University of Birmingham, England, show that music is effective in raising efficiency in repetitive work – so if you’re mindlessly checking email or filling out a spreadsheet, adding some tunes will make your task go by that much faster. But when it comes to tasks that require more brainpower, finding that perfect playlist is not so easy. Luckily, we have science at our disposal to help. Based on some of what we know about how music affects productivity, you should try funneling this kind of music through your headphones the next time you’re feeling unproductive: Music that include sounds of nature. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently discovered that adding a natural element could boost moods and focus. Sounds of nature can mask intelligible speech just as well as white noise while also enhancing cognitive functioning, optimizing the ability to concentrate, and increasing overall worker satisfaction, the researchers found. The mountain-stream sound researchers used in their study also possessed enough randomness that it didn’t distract test subjects. You could try simply listening to… Read full this story
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