Choose Unfamiliar Work Music For Better Productivity And Focus

Choose Unfamiliar Work Music For Better Productivity And Focus

Music can make work fly by faster and maybe even boost your productivity — but that all depends on the type of music you listen to. The folks at productivity music service [email protected] advise us not to listen to music we love, but rather a genre we don’t typically listen to.

So if you like jazz, don’t listen to jazz while working, because, although that music will give you pleasure, it will also release dopamine in your brain and distract you.

Unfamiliar music, on the other hand, maximises the focus effect you could get from music — extending your concentration time up to about 100 minutes, according to [email protected]’s research.

Learn more about taming your working mind with music at the [email protected] blog below.

Which musical genre is best for you? [via Digital Music News


  • Having worked in both white and blue collar jobs, I’d have to say unfamiliar music seems to work better for me personally in an office environment only. Familiar only distracts me. These days, the opposite can be said for my trade work where familiar music helps get a rhythm physically and less mental concentration is required.

    • I’d agree. I actually prefer not to work to music at all because my life and work have trained me in the habit of actively listening and so pretty much all music distracts me. But music for which I have no interest (not “dislike” just “don’t care”) would certainly be less distracting, assuming it weren’t too loud.

      However, if I’m doing manual work or chores or, as donks says, anything where the rhythm of a physical activity is important, then I definitely would choose familiar genres/favourite music.

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