March 24, 2016

The Best Music to Listen to While Working at your Standing Desk

by TrueNorth Desks

There are days where you may need all the help you can get in order to make it through the workday. Whether it’s from 9-5 or, more realistically, 9 until 6:00, 7:00 or 8:00, we all need something extra to energize us now and then. Working at a standing desk is one of the best ways to boost your energy levels and productivity at work. But standing desks may not be enough. A standing workstation, exercise, healthy eating, and just the right tunes are the best combination for a productive work day.

You may be asking yourself, does listening to music while working truly increase productivity? Well, the jury is still out on that one. Some studies cite that productivity is increased while listening to music. Another study got the opposite results. So whether you feel like keeping your headphones in all day or just zoning out to some music during a break at your adjustable height desk, we have broken down the right music to listen to.

Musical taste is a very personal thing. While some people only listen to pop, others live for country. Maybe you are energized by classic rock while your coworker prefers show tunes. While all of these choices can be great, we have divided ours into just 2 categories to simplify things.

Music without words

  • Music without words is often less distracting than music filled with lyrics. With popular music you may find yourself singing along or analyzing the meaning behind the songs.  So if you need something to boost your brain activity but not distract you with words, choose instrumental tunes.
  • Classical music is most people’s first choice when it comes to music without words. For years, people have sworn by “The Mozart Effect.” Research showed that listening to the music of Mozart may induce short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as spatial-temporal reasoning.
  • You can certainly move beyond just Mozart. Any classical music can be helpful when you need some background sound but still need to concentrate.
  • Movie soundtracks often have scores that do not contain lyrics.
  • Music without words is a great choice when you are doing something verbal, such as writing or when you are getting creative.

Music with words

  • Now we’re getting a little more personal. Finding the right music for you will depend a lot on your personal musical tastes.
  • If you are in the mood for some music with words, just be prepared that it may be a little distracting. This is best listened to while doing work that involves less verbal thinking. Organizing spreadsheets or even cleaning out your desk are both great opportunities to chill out to some music.
  • The great thing about finding music in the year 2016 is that you can test out many different varieties. Services like Spotify and Pandora let you make stations based on your tastes. Give a few a try to see how they make you feel throughout your work day.

Whether you are seeking the Mozart Effect or taking a break while listening to your favorite love songs, listening to music while at your stand up desk can be both productive and energizing. To learn more about the great standing desks from True North Desks just request a brochure.

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