Music and Productivity

Happy Monday! 

There is no denying that music can have an incredible affect on you.  It can change your mood, bring back a memory, incite emotion, all within a few minutes time.  We also know that music has been around for much of human history.  In 2009, an archaeologist discovered a flute carved from a vulture’s wing bone in a cave in southern Germany.  This discovery indicated that humans have been making music for over 40,000 years.

One reason for music is the power to connect us.  People will sing to unite during national anthems, to develop security from a parent to a child with a lullaby, and communities in various houses of worship to establish their identity.  Hip hop mogul Jay-Z has discussed how music is a universal language.  You can listen to something in a language you don’t even understand, and yet it still can incite emotion.  Jay-Z uses music to tell stories, whether it be about his personal experiences, or something he sees happening in the world.  His stories help bring people together who are having a similar experience.    

At the same time, music can have a very personal affect on you.  Studies have shown how music can affect the mind and lead to better learning.  In one study, research showed an increase in mood and concentration while listening to music.  Another study indicated an increase in productivity when listening to background music while performing a repetitive task.   Even athletes use music to pump themselves up before competition.  

How to boost your own productivity with music:

  1. Choose music without words such as classical music is often recommended because focusing on words can distract you from the task at hand.
  2. If classical music isn’t your thing, create a playlist of songs you know by heart.  This creates background noise that increases dopamine, while not requiring you to lose focus on the lyrics or beat. 
  3. Listening to music with a steady tempo can help reduce anxiety and improve your mood.
  4. A workout playlist helps improve physical productivity by increasing your capacity to exercise longer and with greater intensity.
  5. Try different genres of music to see what works best for you.

For this weeks #MakeItHappen, pay attention to what you are listening to.  Try creating different playlists for yourself.  Whether it be one to increase your creative flow, another to help get you up and moving, and even to get you focused and productive with tasks at hand.  See if you notice a difference.  Let us know how it’s going, and email us at or share your story and tag us on social.

Go make it happen,
Luly & the YTeach Team

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

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