Music can help you be more productive

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Yes, it’s true! So put your beats on and work like a champ.

Whether you’re on the treadmill or doing housework, listening to your favourite tunes can make work go by quicker. While others may find music distracting, some of us have our earphones glued to our ears while we smash the keyboard. If you do find that music helps you work, here’s how to match it to your mood and tasks:

When stressed: Lyrics can be distracting, so choose something like soft easy lounge music. Jazzy instrumentals can be calming and soothing. If the music is unfamiliar, it's even more soothing because you’re not trying to concentrate on what the next verse is.

If you need motivation: Some people find thrash metal or punk rock very motivating. It might work if you've got a task you hate doing, or something very boring and monotonous to do.

To beat fatigue: Upbeat music seems to work best. This is why music-based, early-evening radio programmes, geared for commuters driving home, tend to play music with a fast beat and recognisable lyrics. If you wake up feeling tired, up-tempo music that you can sing along to on your way to work can be a good pick up so that you’re ready to face the day.

If you want to bond: Workers have always used songs to bond and make boring tasks more fun. Nothing beats an impromptu sing-along or even discussing your favourite 80s or 90s tracks to bond with colleagues. Anything that you all know (most of) the words to will do.

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