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I got the standing desk and so far it’s great, especially if I don’t wear shoes. Now I have nothing to impact my productivity… except all the noise around me.

A 2012 article in the New York Times (by Amisha Padnani, August 11, 2012) suggests that music can help workers focus. I tried this for a couple of days. At first I got the exact opposite results. I would hear a song and stop what I was doing to play along with my guitar. So I put the guitar in another room. Then I found myself tapping to the beat. I was about to turn the music off when I read the entire article. They made two important points. First, instrumental music is best, and second, you only need to listen for a little while as little as fifteen minutes to a half hour, to regain focus on your work. I switched to classical and it worked really well. I still have a problem waiting for a piece to finish before I answer the phone, but that’ll come eventually.

music at the workplace

Peter is married with 3 children and published his first book in 2012. Peter has been with Unify for over 20 years, currently as Vice President - Inside Sales and Sales Support for North America.

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5 comments on “Letters from the Home Office Vol. 13 – “Music to Work By”
  1. good tip… i’ll try

  2. Minas Botsis says:

    I think that sometimes trying hard to focus can be eventually distracting. I usually listen to some music, relax, and focus comes on it own.

  3. Arne Belter says:

    I listen to music especially in the afternoon when I keep losing focus – works great for me (with all sorts of music)

  4. music helps me stay focused at home, just not possible in the office unfortunately

  5. Never really tried – but maybe in th near future