To start my remote working day with FLOCK, I make myself a coffee, turn my laptop on and then read the news. Today, little to my knowledge is Kylie Minogue’s birthday! Of course, from this I started to listen to a few of her classic songs- Can’t Get You Out of My Head and Spinning Around. It is always fun to have a sing-a-long! However, the self-realisation occurred- music is no longer apart of my daily routine when working from home.
Before COVID-19, many of us would commute to work listening to the radio in our cars. Commuting by public transport, we listen to our favourite playlist. For those of us now forced to work remotely, we may no longer experience our music filled mornings.
The Science behind Music and Working From Home Productivity
Scientists and Physicians have studied music and the brain for many years. After world war II, the US army implemented music therapy throughout hospital’s. Physician’s started to realise the positive influence it had upon pain, stress, anxiety and depression. Music helped war patients recover. This is because when you listen to music, your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine. This is a natural feel-good chemical.
Science closely links positivity and productivity. Teresa Lesiuk studied four software developer companies and collected data from the participants’ work environment. The results proven the quality of work was lowest with no music. She said:
“Mild positive feelings have been found to influence positively the way cognitive material is organised. When in that mood state, the better individuals are at problem solving and thinking creatively.”
Science confirms that music has a positive impact on your mood and productivity. But it also highlights how important it is to listen to music that you actually like. Leisiuk talks about how listening to favourite music activates the pleasure center in the brain “a particular pathway through the limbic system up to the orbital frontal cortex, which is a thinking area and is stimulated by music”.
Neuromusicology is the study of how music is processed in our brain. A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with how we pay attention. Suggesting when we listen to music, we are more likely to pay attention to the task at hand.
Integrate Music Into Your Remote Routine
So tomorrow morning, whilst making your morning coffee and getting ready to start the day, try listening into the radio. Throughout the day when working from home, if feeling unproductive or demotivated, play a favourite album! Small changes to your daily routine such as listening to music can have positive effects on work. Plus, lift mood as proven by science. We all know when we’re feeling happy, we are more likely to be productive!
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