Many people listen to music at work. Whether it’s to block out background noise, jump start creativity, or stay motivated while collating, music helps you get things done. But did you know that not all music is created equal when it comes to workplace productivity?
Your brain responds differently to different kinds of music — making some tasks easier and some harder. For example, if you are performing a manual repetitive task, you’ll benefit from something upbeat, but if you are writing or calculating, strictly instrumental music is best.
The folks over at Quartz put together a great guide to help you choose the best music to accompany the work you’re doing including examples and a playlist.