Does Music Make A Better Worker?

Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 12/27/2015 | Author: April Koenig

Does Music Make A Better Worker?

Does Music Make A Better Worker?

Stephen King does it. Those seven dwarves did it. As a freelance artist, you probably do it as well. Yes, we’re talking about listening to music while working. Whether through earphones or a nearby radio, most of us pass the time while engaged in projects by listening to some sort of music. But does it help? Is music a good thing to kick start the day and drown out the distractions? 

For the most part, yes. A recent study at The University of Windsor has shown that background music leads to positive mood change and improved perception skills in workers. Quality and time took a downward turn when music wasn’t playing. Also, workers exhibited increased curiosity with the addition of music, which is a definite positive working as a creative.

But what kind of music suits one best? In his book On Writing, Stephen King states that he works while listening to heavy metal music. This kind of exciting sound increases feelings of tension and speed, which, believe it or not, can be beneficial to some. Others want a more soothing type of music, along the lines of classical or easy listening. Some feel better with a more benign ambient sound, equal parts ignorable and interesting. Your body is attuned in such a way that your preference of music can make you feel more at ease, even when the music itself is not. 

This isn’t to say that music works for everyone. If you’re someone that’s used to not having music playing, it might be best to stick with what works. While extroverts are more prone to have music playing, introverts are not. If your stress and anxiety levels are fine, leave them be. It’s also best to not get too dependent on music while working, as some onsite clients might frown on the practice.

So feel free to experiment with what music makes you feel at ease while working. Maybe some pop music makes hitting a deadline a little easier. Try a little dance music if it helps your creativity. Or look to Snow White’s seven little friends, and whistle while you work! Just make sure there aren’t too many people around.

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