The New York Times highlights a study where respondents who listened to music as they worked were more productive, and actually more persistent, than those who didn’t. The reason: music improves our moods, allows us to stay in the moment longer, and helps us focus a bit more. The New York Times Web editor Amisha Padnani writes:
Dr. Lesiuk’s research focuses on how music affects workplace performance. In one study involving information technology specialists, she found that those who listened to music completed their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who didn’t, because the music improved their mood.
The piece later goes on to say that having the individual select the type of music is an important factor in the process, and that instrumental music (without vocals) allowed respondents to work most effectively.