“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” (Albert Einstein)

Music, science tells us, really can help us work, and learn, and be creative. 

Earphones mean you can listen to your favourite tunes all day with zero disruption to your fellow employees (and clients waiting in Reception!), and you’ll never be short of new music with a streaming service and a high-memory smartphone. But what should you listen to? 

“Create the perfect playlist for productive work” on Quartz discusses how music can enhance workplace performance (employers take note!), and what musical tempo (beats per minute) can help induce the alpha state in your brain so that your mind becomes calm and alert, with heightened concentration. 

Different types of music, it turns out, are ideal for particular tasks in four categories –

  • Simple tasks
  • Learning
  • Work you love
  • Creative work.

Happy (and productive) listening!