How Listening To Music Can Affect Your Productivity (INFOGRAPHIC)

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:

Dopamine pathway
Photo credit: Public domain/Wikimedia Commons

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!


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  1. Hi Nataly,

    Love this infographic. Now I know why I listen to classical music while I’m on the computer. And sometimes no music at all….just the sound of the wind and nature outside my office window.

    I can see how music helps because we seem to learn more as we sing something … like kids do. (that just hit me) But having a good background noise is great.

    In between tasks, I like to get up and listen to old disco. It lifts my spirits.



    1. Hi Donna,

      Just like you said, it’s fun to know why we listen to music while working and why sometimes we don’t. Personally, I need music at work to help me be more productive. I also love old disco like Donna Summer or Diana Ross!

      I’m glad that you liked the infographic! Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to comment! Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂


  2. Hi Nataly,

    I don’t agree with this actually. I have to have it quiet in order for me to concentrate. Even music with no lyrics is offputting to me and I can’t concentrate if it’s playing.

    I’ve heard that a lot of people have to have something going all the time though. I guess because I read a lot during my workday that I can’t listen to something and then also absorb what I’m reading. I also can’t go to sleep unless it’s really quiet too. Never been able to fall asleep with the TV on unless I just didn’t get any sleep the night before and I literally pass out. LOL!!!

    This is interesting though and thanks for sharing this infographic.



    1. Hi Adrienne,

      Personally, it depends on the environment, when I’m working at the veterinary clinic, I like to put some music on but when I work on my posts and short stories at home, that’s not the same thing. At home, I usually work with the TV on. When I need more concentration, I pause it. So you see, it depends on what job I’m doing.

      Thanks for your input, I really like to know all of the different opinions. It’s always interesting! Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to comment. Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂


  3. Hey Nataly,

    I have to have music playing while I’m working…it does make me more productive. I’ve tried to work in a quiet place but then the thoughts in my head got louder :).

    I know some folks prefer quiet…and I’ve tried that but I don’t get much done. Now when I’m reading a book, I do like to have it quiet. I’m just weird that way, hehe.

    Great infographic gf! Hope you’re having a great day!



    1. Hey Cori,

      I’m almost exactly like you. When I work at the clinic, I need music to be productive, if I work on my laptop at home, I’ll put on some old shows like Charmed or Buffy or something like that. And if I have to read something then I’ll pause the show to be able to concentrate. So you see, you’re not alone to be weird, hihi!

      But it’s true that some people need quiet to work. Adrienne was telling me in her comment that she needs the quiet to be able to concentrate. I guess everyone can’t be the same, right? That’s what makes life interesting!

      Thanks for stopping by, gf! Happy hump day! 🙂


  4. This is too cool, Nataly! Believe it or not, I work better with the music (upbeat) playing. It motivates me. However, if there is a special project I’m working on that needs my undivided attention, I need quiet all around me. I have a co-worker who is easily distracted and never plays at radio at work. Matter of fact, she often closes her office door because me and my boss are too loud. 🙂 Great article my friend!


    1. Hey Bren,

      I can understand that music motivates you because I am the same! At work, it’s music and at home it’s the TV. It’s not easy when you don’t have the same habits as your co-workers. Good thing both of you have your own office! I am lucky because my co-worker and I are the same, we like music while working.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by, gf! Glad you like my article! Have a great Thursday! 🙂


  5. I find how the brain works so fascinating! I looove listening to music if I’m doing desk work that isn’t too difficult or requires too much concentration. But if I really have to focus and problem solve I can’t listen to anything at all. (Not even classical.) I get too distracted. Cool info!


    1. Hi Devon and welcome to my site,

      Most people are like you and me! I love to listen to music while working, but when I need more concentration, I need the quiet!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment! Have a great weekend! 🙂


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