Do you whistle while you work or prefer peace and quiet? Were the seven dwarfs ahead of their time? If they had streaming music, what would be on their playlists?
For some, music is a distraction that prevents them from concentrating on the task at hand while others find that listening to music can be motivational and helps with getting projects crossed off their to-do list. But we wanted to know whether music actually helps your productivity.
Does music actually help you concentrate?
We did some research to find out if listening to music is a hindrance or does it boost workplace productivity. We found a plethora of stats and studies but found that WebFX created an infographic with very interesting figures that specifically addresses the correlation between music and work productivity. Here are some of their findings:
- Ambient music: improves accuracy of data entry in 92% of people
- Dance music: improves proofreading speed by 20%
- Classical music: improves accuracy by 12%
- Pop music: reduces mistakes by 14%
Other revelations from the research show that if you’re in the process of learning something new, you will want to listen to instrumental lyrics and that you should choose familiar songs for work that involves deep concentration.
It is evident that listening to music can have a positive impact on your work output. According to Dr David Lewis, a neuropsychologist and chairman of Mindlab International, the company that conducted the research, “The take-home message is that music is a very powerful management tool if you want to increase not only the efficiency of your workforce but also their mental state, their emotional state – they’re going to become more positive about the work.”
Music isn’t only good for your productivity – listening to music also has health benefits such as decreasing pain and alleviating anxiety. When you’re your own boss, it is easy to feel the stress of running your own business so listening to music could be a good way for you to de-stress.
If you don’t already listen to music while you work, are you going to start now that you have the science to back it up? You should give it a go to see if you find yourself more productive and less stressed in your contracting career.
If you want some more productivity tips for working from home, have a read here.