Does music help keep you on task?

My line of work seems to drag me in many directions at once. One of the biggest challenges I face daily is staying on task. People seem to be one of my main distractions followed by computer distractions such as web browsing, email, and IM. I love answering people’s questions via IM and Email but sometimes I have to close the clients. At home this is fine, but in the office I need to remain reachable, so the clients cannot be closed. In order to stay focused I seem to always rely on music I like.

I’ve been lucky so far that my companies have always allowed me to listen to music I enjoy. I’ve also been lucky to have ended up with nice speakers at the companies within a few months. Keeping the volume at a level that does not disturb others and trying to make sure that there are no questionable lyrics has ensured I stay under the radar. For the past few years I have also been making use of closed ear headphones.

Headphones seem to really be a great way to block out the office noise and replace it with some of my own. This works great for creating a work environment that is quite productive and allows me to stay in the zone for hours on end. Staying focused on what I am doing becomes a breeze and my mind doesn’t seem to wander around everything that is happening.

I listen to mostly electronic music. This broad genre contains many different styles with various tempos. This makes it extremely easy to have music playing that fits the task. If I’m on a roll and knocking things out I can listen to some fast paced beats. If I’m moving slow and working on someting delicate I can listen to some slow paced chillout or triphop music.

I’ve recently purchased some new Ultrasone HFI-780 closed headphones. These sound great so far. Next time you find yourself not being able focus, try some music. If you already listen to music to stay focused, I’m always looking for new music.

One Response

  1. Bruce Olschewski Says:

    I agree about the music. I use a lot of trance music so it fades into the background. I have downloaded many live sets from There are some great sets there and some of them are multiple hours long. That is good so I don’t get distracted by wondering who the artist is.

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