Business | 01/20/2016
What Music Makes You the Most Productive?
When I taught sixth grade, all teachers at my school were given CDs of music that we were told would increase student focus and productivity. The songs – all of which featured solo piano music with no decipherable melody and a tempo of 60 beats per minute – were curated by psychologists who had studied music’s effect on the brain. This was the missing secret ingredient of education that would put America’s schools back on top! Needless to say, grades did not spike in my room after we started listening to the CDs. Some students said the music helped, some said they hated it, and others – in true sixth-grade form – said they didn’t care. It just goes to show that the best music for productivity depends on the person, the mood, the situation, the task at hand, and so much more. In the end, it’s all about what can block out distractions without becoming a distraction itself. For instance, my job primarily consists of writing and editing, and I cannot do either of those things if the music I’m listening to has words, drums with a beat, or a fast rhythm. I created my own playlist that fits those criteria:
But when I’m working on a website or doing work that doesn’t require quite as much brain power, I love listening to fast, loud rock songs. I asked the Mineral team to share music that keeps them on task. Try one of these playlists the next time you need to get wired in. (And if you don’t have Spotify, check it out. It’s free!)
Johnny Sandquist, Director of Content Design
– Mostly classical, a lot of soundtracks. Cinematic.
Alyssa Busse, Designer
– “Organ-driven inspiration”
Kim Mackrill, President
Rebecca Tschetter, Logistics Director
– High energy, indie dance-rock
Jud Mackrill, CEO
– Funky beats
Jake Russell, Social Engineer & Content Specialist
– “Ambient erring toward the noisy”
Rick Bragg, Operations Director
– 80s rock
Do you have playlists that help you focus? What music makes you the most productive? Let us know!
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