What Music Helps You Get Things Done?

Music is a personal choice, but most of us can't really sort emails to Slayer or hit tight deadlines with ambient drones. When you need to get things done, relax, or get creative, what tunes do you turn to?

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Gina has previously recommended Groove Salad as a go-to productivity station, but we all work different aspects of our job at different times, so we're looking to find out what soundtracks work best for your various states of mind.

What do you turn on when it's time to crank out product? What artists, albums, or feeds help you get creative, eliminate distractions, or put you in a better mood? Drop your ideas in the comments, and we'll be reading closely for tips on a later bit of research.


    Forget those rainforest sounds or rousing instrumentals! There's absolutely no task that can't be better accomplished with a good blast of anything Bon Jovi.

    You know, I'm not sure if you can call this music, but I've been listening to podcasts recently and this is helping me to accomplish tasks.

    When Ive got a pile of work to do (graphic designer) I start streaming Kiss FM and have some good dance/techno/whatever pumping out. Keeps my pace up and focused.

    It depends what I'm doing. If I'm doing something frustrating then Linkin Park matches my mood and gets me through it.

    Most of the time it's jazz for me.

    For me lately its masterdon or Dream theater. For some reason, it helps me focus a lot.

    anything with a quick rhythm/beat to it -- the tempo keeps your mind active and alert,

    but as few vocals/lyrics as possible -- the more speech/singing you hear, the more your mind will wander off the task at hand. that said, letting your mind just go is a great thing when you're taking a break from neural-intensive tasks.

    I must say I agree with Jesse Harris on Dream Theatre.

    There has always been something to be said about classical music and it's ability to stimulate the mind and assist the thought processes. It probably isn't the actual sounds of the violins and cellos that "do the good" - but more a case of the fact that each instrument has it's own unique part, and together the result is exceedingly complex.

    The connection between progressive rock and classical music was made to me when one of my lecturers alikened the two while having trouble describing it - "it's just like classical music but with rock sound". Because of this, I find it gives the music (at times) a 'driving' element, along with the complexities that assist your mind to do the thinking, the same way classical has (proven?) to be.

    While trawling through parragraphs of code, writing reports or doing anything that either requires thought or creativity - Rush, Yes, Dream Theater or Gotye (to name a few) playing in the background is always beneficial. My family does not agree, though, they find the music strange and complain about the annoying guitars (usually during the best part of a solo!)

    One thing I notice too, is that I seem to need to change the volume every now and again. Does anyone else notice this for themselves?

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