What’s On Your Playlist? Learn Why Music Increases Your Productivity

Do you tend to listen to music while you work?

If so… you’re not alone! And actually, that’s a good thing.

There are a large number of benefits associated with listening to music while we work. And for many of us, it’s something we’ve been doing since we were young.

Think back to elementary school…

Did your teacher play classical music during study hall or quiet work times? For a lot of us, the answer is yes. And the reason is this: there’s actually evidence that suggests listening to Mozart improves mental performance; it’s called the “Mozart Effect”.

And the best teachers know about it! So we’re taught early on about the benefits of music to improve focus (and relaxation) when we’re studying.

The same holds true for music in the workplace.

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Music and its’ effect on workplace performance

Teresa Lesiuk, an assistant professor in the music therapy program at the University of Miami, conducts research on how music affects workplace performance.

In one of her studies involving information technology specialists, she found that those who listen to music while working completed their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas and solutions than those who didn’t.

The music improved both their mood and their overall effectiveness in their work.

Feeling a little tired? Your work music can help that, too!

Music is also known to help reduce task fatigue.

It increases dopamine production which is the brain chemical associated with rewards.

The heightened level of dopamine in your body as you work through tedious mundane tasks, keeps you from getting frustrated or burnt out, in turn increasing your productivity and keeping you motivated through completion.

So if you’re working on the same tasks repeatedly, or your task list is a mile long, put on some tunes to keep you focused and motivated.

A few instances where this may be helpful are:

  • Uploading photos to dropbox and organizing them into the appropriate folders
  • Embedding videos on each page of your membership site for your new program
  • Paying your affiliates from a recent program launch
  • Pulling stats for your monthly sales and traffic
  • Scheduling your social media posts for the upcoming month
  • Designing new graphics for your website or social media profiles

Why music increases productivity and relaxation

Music helps us relax in general and releases muscle tension in the body. If you do most of your work from a laptop every day (like most online entrepreneurs!), this is incredibly beneficial.

But… what’s the perfect sound mix to achieve all of this?

Now, the big question is… what type of music should you be listening to while you work?

The answer to why music increases productivity might be obvious, but what kind of music you’ll benefit from…

It really depends!

Some studies suggest that you stick strictly to instrumentals, as the words can be distracting. Other studies suggest just listening to music that you know and like, regardless of the lyrics, tempo, and beat.

But here’s what we found:

Our AccessAlly team picks songs (and genres) based on the task at hand:

Writing & Coding Tasks (major concentration/focus): Instrumentals, movie soundtracks and more zen style nature tracks as background noise.

Scheduling, designing, social media, & customer support (less sustained focus required):
Something a little more upbeat and fun to sing along to.

(Personally, early 2k hip hop and R&B keep me going so I’m in favor of working while jamming to my favorite tunes, but you’re the only one who can figure out what works best for you!)

So… we’re sharing our favorites for you to jam to!

As you can see from our playlist below, our virtual team here at AccessAlly has a very eclectic taste in music. Even though we work from all corners of the US and Canada, each of us attests to working better when we’re able to have the music of our choice playing.

As you test the waters to find out what best supports you and your productivity, feel free to tune into a few of our favorites from the playlist below… and see if anything resonates with you!

Happy working!

If you’re familiar with who is on the AccessAlly team… can you guess who likes each of these songs?

Some of these might make it obvious as to why music increases productivity, but others might surprise you!

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  1. Rachel Stones on July 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I’m one that has to listen to instrumental music–lyrics distract me! Thanks for sharing you favorites though, I’ll give them a listen…just maybe not while I’m working. :)

    • ambitionally on July 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Hehe that’s awesome, and love that you know that about yourself too Rachel. :)

  2. Char on July 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Yes to music! I’m a fan of Feminist Fight Club playlist by Jessica Bennett on Spotify.

    • ambitionally on July 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Ooh yay, thanks for sharing your faves!

  3. Beverley Hanna on July 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Personally, I love the music of Bond, aka the Bond Girls. It’s classical crossover, mostly instrumental, classical music with a modern, electronic twist. Amazing stuff!
    Here’s a link to their music on YouTube.

  4. Cindy-Jo on August 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Love it! Although I’m not sure I’d put Bon Jovi in the same playlist as Saint-Saens, but hey … who am I to judge!

    My fave music to listen to while I work usually involves fun, funky tunes to get me motivated (and to help me stay that way!)


    • ambitionally on August 12, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Yes, absolutely – and we combined all of our favorites into one playlist ;)

  5. Lisa on August 10, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I’m a big fan of the Coffeehouse Favorites playlist on Spotify – nice and soothing and not distracting :)

    • ambitionally on August 12, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Ooh thanks for sharing your faves!