I have always preferred listening to music while I work. As a kid, the stereo played while I “did my homework.” My first jobs were in pools, where I incorporated children’s songs into swim lessons, hard rock into water polo workouts, and hip-hop beats to rhythmically scan the water from the lifeguard tower.
Since then, I’ve worked at a snowboard shop, as a personal assistant for the blind, as a journalist, and as a bartender. Music has played a vital role in each job. In fact, the only truly terrible job I’ve had—after-school childcare at a YMCA—was the only one that didn’t allow music. Coincidence? I think not.
That’s why I got really excited by this new Infographic from Sonos (via BitRebels), which says that music is good for more than just helping the time fly by. Turns out it can actually boost your productivity.
If you’re listening to the right type of music, that is. The wireless home speaker company polled people in different professions and identified major trends in the type of music they use to get the job done. It turns out that while one genre is great for some jobs, it can be distracting for others. Oldies, for example, can be great for accountants be a detriment to athletic-types.
According to the chart, the best for me would be ambient, jazz, and baroque/classical—pretty far from the Modest Mouse (“Dark Center of the Universe” from The Moon and Antarctica) that I currently have playing. So in a moment of distraction (that may have been avoided if I was listening to the right music), I did an informal office poll.
Unsurprisingly, the creative half of Magnet Media unanimously (with the exception of one rebel) prefers listening to music while they work. The most popular response was top 40 pop songs. Metal and Classical tied each other in second, oddly enough. But the general consensus is that they listen to lots of different things, which keeps in line with the Infographic, which says there are “no restrictions” for creative types. Thats why I enjoy the eclectic “Mix Station” generated from my last.fm profile.
The business side of the company was even more interesting. Most of them said they absolutely cannot listen to music while trying to focus and get work done. The few that did preferred folk the most, as well as jazz, classic rock, and ambient.
What sort of music helps you focus and get the job done? Let us know in the comments down below.
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