How to Craft the Perfect Playlist for Productivity

Nothing has more of a negative impact on my workday than forgetting my headphones. Like most people, music is a huge part of my life. I listen to the most music while I work, sifting through playlists, on what seems like a never-ending search for the perfect tunes to keep me in the zone.

This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.

We spend so many of our days at work, and so much of our workdays in front of a screen, that music has become indispensable in keeping us happy, motivated, and productive.

But are all songs made the same? Or are there perfect tracks for certain tasks?

Why We’re Addicted to Music

I’m sure you don’t need a scientist to tell you how music can help you get through a work day.

We turn to our favorite songs in times of need: when we’re feeling low and need a pick-me-up, or when we’re happy and want to keep the flow going.

As neuroscientist and musician Jamshed Bharucha discovered, there’s something primal about why we love music. Bharucha found that creative domains such as music allow humans to connect in a synchronized way, helping us develop a group identity and become more likely to work together.

A recent study of preschoolers furthered this idea. The study paired children together in sets of two with one group told to sing a song together, while the others just walked (or crawled) around together. The pairs were then given tubes full of marbles that were designed to empty once the children started playing with them....more