Choosing the best playlist for productivity

By Greg Bell

We'd all like to make sure that our Gold Coast commercial property is a hive of productivity and drive. However, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to working conditions and boosting productivity. As everyone is different, individuals will have unique preferences as to what conditions help them work better and smarter, and what factors are detrimental to their output.

Here, we look at the impact three different types of music have on productivity, and what you should test out in your playlist to get the motivation pumping.

Natural ambience

While many people find the soothing sounds of nature are enough to send them into a gentle slumber, this doesn't mean they should be excluded from your workday playlist. Enjoying the natural ambience of the environment, such as bird songs or the babble of a creek can help you concentrate better and feel relaxed, according to a study published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. You don't need to limit yourself strictly to sounds only found in the forest or the beach – there are plenty of nature tracks that are complemented by a soft flute or piano melody. 

Lo-fi instrumentals

An acronym for low-fidelity, on paper, the warp of lo-fi music doesn't seem to correlate with a productive music experience. Music under the umbrella of lo-fi tends to have technical flaws that distort the audio, such as static, or a residual hum that plays throughout the track. However, playlists of this nature have increased in popularity all over the world.

Interestingly, the motivation resulting from this type of music is from an emotional response. Feelings of nostalgia can be great motivators, so the familiar scratch of vinyl or trill of an old-time piano may ignite energy in some workers. Keeping the volume low will allow you to concentrate better on the work in front of you, and for retail businesses, ensures your customers won't get distracted by the tunes.

Classical music

The sweet sounds of classical music may tug on your heart strings, but it also can impact your cognitive function. According to a 1993 study in music and spatial task performance, people who had been listening to Mozart's sonata for ten minutes demonstrated higher spatial reasoning skills than when exposed to silence. This phenomenon is known as the Mozart effect, and is said to occur because the area of the brain which processes music is close to brain areas in control of mental imaging. Another study by the American Roentgen Ray Society found that baroque music, in particular, increases concentration. For a quick burst of concentration, try listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons or Pachelbel's Canon.

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