Productivity is the key for companies to achieve success nowadays, and they would do everything possible to be able to increase it. Well, researchers have found a way to improve your productivity and this discovery happens to be the power of music.
Personally, I know that I can’t live without music at work. It seems that I work better with it, and it’s the first thing that I turn on, right after starting the computer. And it’s the same thing with my co-worker. She can’t work without having music in the clinic.
Why we love music
According to Dr. Amit Sood, a physician of integrative medicine at the Mayo Clinic, when you listen to music, your mind is less likely to wander. With music, you are more focused on the moment present.
While listening to music, there’s a part of your brain, called the nucleus accumbens, that is activated. It triggers the release of dopamine that lives in a group of neurons called the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA). Here is a picture to help you visualize it better:
According to an article by The New York Times, dopamine is the same neurotransmitter that is released when, for example, you eat your favorite food and it causes you to always want more. The amount of dopamine also increases when you encounter something new, like a new song.
How music affects your productivity
This infographic below, by Space Chimp Media, shows us how music can help us be better at our job. Obviously, not everyone is affected the same way by music. Some people feel that music is a distraction, but most people are affected positively, and it helps them be more productive. Here are some of those facts:
- How music affects us in different kinds of work
- Interference of some lyrics
- Music or no music?
- What happens when you return from breaks
- Best musical genres for deeply engaging tasks
But whether you like it, or you don’t, music affects people in one way or the other. See which situation best applies to you.
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|An infographic by Space Chimp Media|
Over to you
What do you think of this infographic? Do you perform better at work when listening to music? Or do you need to work in silence? If you need music while working, what kind of music do you listen to? Please, share with us your thoughts in the comment box below!