by Matt Alderton | January 31, 2019
At home or at work, if you're struggling to get everything on your to-do list done, there's one simple thing you should try changing that might give your engine just a little more gas: the background music you listen to.
"Music isn't just a means of entertaining ourselves: It can also encourage creativity and help us become more productive," author Deep Patel writes in an article for "Listening to music can also be therapeutic, relieving feelings of stress so you can concentrate better."

But not all music is created equal. If you want to increase productivity, you've got to choose the right genre. And that genre, Patel suggests, is classical.

"Researchers have long claimed that listening to classical music can help people perform tasks more efficiently. This theory, which has been dubbed 'the Mozart Effect,' suggests that listening to classical composers can enhance brain activity and act as a catalyst for improving health and well-being," Patel explains. "The absence of words in the music may be one factor, as songs that contain lyrics have been found to be a distraction when you're trying to focus. And classical music is known for being calming, relaxing and helping reduce stress. This genre of music has been found to help students perform 12 percent better on their exams."
If you can't stand Beethoven, how about Mother Nature?

"Listening to the sounds of nature, like waves crashing or a babbling brook, has been shown to enhance cognitive function and concentration," Patel says. "Nature sounds work best when they're soothing sounds, such as flowing water or rainfall, while more jarring noises such as bird calls and animal noises can be distracting. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered that natural sounds boost moods and focus. The study found employees were more productive and had more positive feelings when nature sounds were playing in the background while they worked."

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