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Medical Mysteries of Music

Need to be productive? Here are some musical tips

[A report from Elisa F.G – AC]

Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen. Pour yourself a cup of ambition. Hum a merry tune, it won’t take long when there’s a song to help you set the pace. You want a Lamborghini? Sip martinis? Look hot in a bikini? You better work, bitch. Everybody’s working for the weekend. Everybody wants a new romance. If I had a million dollars, I’d be rich. So me put in work, work, work, work, work, work.

Music is subjective so whatever lyrics, song or genre you’re into, chances are it has the ability to shift your efforts into 6th gear. For some readers, they may have found the nitrous oxide of playlists that boosts their productivity even further pass their finish line. Ask any racer – any real racer It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning is winning. So if K-pop is what enhances your efficiency levels and wins you employee of the month, by all means, pump up the jam.

Electric is an IT company that streamlines IT infrastructures, making business for businesses run smoothly and augment performance levels. They surveyed over 1K tech employees to see what gets them moving and/or grooving, the gist of what they discovered may surprise you, unless you work in IT, you may already listen to these playlists. Electric also utilized the Spotify API system to narrow down what gets the most playtime during work hours.

We compiled a total of 2,356 playlists that were found when searching: “productivity,” “focus,” “developers,” “programmers,” and “productivity for programmers.” In total, these playlists contained 190,328 songs.”

Their methodology found that R&B listeners were the tech workers who earned the highest income, 33% of them were more likely to have received a promotion, and 22% of tech workers who listen to hip-hop were given raises in the last year. Web developers seem to be the one’s listening to music the most, clocking 16 hours of tunes per workweek and the focus genre of choice across the board was Classical and instrumental music.

Sluggish is the last thing anybody wants to feel during the home stretch between work and going home, it’s what all those Snickers commercials talk about, we need a boost or a second wind or Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, or even The Weeknd, research found they were the top pop artists on productivity playlists, while metal, country, and hip hop were calculated to be the most distracting. The next time you feel like you’re running out of juice, type “focus” in Spotify, and you may discover your own holy grail of productivity if not at least try to look busy till you can clock out.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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