Whatever your job, unless you are a flame swallower, there's guaranteed to be moments of monotony where you check the time more than once in a five-minute span. This moment, which usually falls in the sleepiest part of the afternoon, we like to call the "clock watch." It's the time when the radiator is humming louder than usual and you hear the crinkle of candy wrappers desperately opening around you. While some of us can't get past these moments, there's always that one coworker who's merrily typing along at 2:30, contentedly humming along to music. According to some of our most productive coworkers, here's what's going on inside those magical earbuds.
The Soothing Coo of Song Birds
Chances are, your office is not located near any sweet-singing birds other than squawking pigeons or pelicans attacking each other. We're talking about birds à la Snow White. But it doesn't have to be just birds. Any nature sound that is not a distraction can work great: a powerful waterfall, a peaceful brook, or an exotic rainforest. Just watch out for those baboons! They can be loud. Here is a great resource to connect your soul back to nature in the office.
Otherwise known as ambient sound. This is the kind of "white noise" that some people use to help them sleep. It can sometimes sound a little space-aged, or a little spa-like. Music without lyrics will help you focus on things other than seeking the intentions of the artist. The intention is to make you focus! Check this 2.5 hour soundtrack out.
If you're going to go old school, go to one of the oldest: Mozart. The old Wolfy has been known to boost the brain activity in the right side of your brain, actually inspiring more creativity. The longer you listen to classical music while you work, the more of a difference you'll be able to notice. A good place to start is his Sonatas.
The fast licks of the popular gypsy jazz manouche style are just enough to get your heart racing. We love Bireli Lagrene, whose wicked-quick fingers make us want to move. This kind of jazz is great, as opposed to slow, contemplative jazz. That might make you want to fall asleep at the bar.
While listening to music can be a great way to stimulate your brain while you work, it's important to keep it in the background. We guarantee your coworkers will not appreciate you singing karaoke at your desk. Be sensible. Listen responsibly.