If you are one of those who work from home, you are more than likely listening to music at some stage during your schedule, however, what you are listening to and when sometimes does not have the desired effect. Many factory and office workers would love to have the privilege of listening to music while they get through the day, dutifully following every instruction handed down to them and proactively meeting deadlines. Some workers have managed to work around the absence of an installed music system by using their iPod and headphones, but this well-intentioned measure can be counterproductive.
The at-work issues
Let’s address the last problem mentioned in the introduction first. It goes without saying that workers, from the after-hours cleaner to the company manager, need to be thoroughly organized and extremely diligent to make sure that their involvement contributes towards the overall successful running of the business. Even while tasks are carried out individually, the worker is part of a greater team effort. Using his own initiative perhaps, one lone worker decides to use headphones while working, mainly so that he does not disturb his co-workers.
But by isolating all sound, he inadvertently affects his own ability to work optimally. While it may certainly help the worker to relax, this centering of music is not always effective in aiding his ability to concentrate. It would be far better to encourage managers and company owners to install a system which plays background music at a relatively low volume.
Finally, workers always need to prepare themselves well before the day. Making sure that they are mentally equipped before the day starts is one such task. Listening to soft music helps. Packing a healthy lunch, preserving it with a compact vacuum-sealing device, is another necessary pre-work task.
Better practical listening at home
Turning to home-based workers, slightly different practical measures are required to ensure that listening to music aids the ability to work well, rather than diminish it. Listening to favorite rock tunes at high volumes can help focus the mind on completing domestic chores quickly and efficiently without letting the mind wander away from the job due to boredom and fatigue.
Where professional, freelance work is concerned, the choice of music should be carefully made. If listening to rock or heavy metal is a preferred and enjoyable choice, it may not work because concentration levels are not as it should be. Playing soft, classical or light jazz tunes, at low volumes, not only keeps the mind calm but also aids concentration levels.
Select the right mood
Either way, whichever choices are made, make sure that it ultimately enhances your ability to work well beyond what you previously thought you were capable off. Provided that the selection is sound (everyone has different preferences and the capacity to focus differs in each one of us), music has proven to be a great stimulant for working more productively and completing tasks successfully.