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3 Reasons Why You Should Listen to Music at Work What you should listen to, and how it can improve your productivity.

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There are some obvious pros and cons to the open office space. For one, off-the-cuff collaboration is easier, but it's often harder to focus. Since calls, meetings, and all kinds of conversation are happening in the open, it's natural to want to tune the world out with some headphones — especially when the office feels overwhelming.

But there's a time and place for everything, and headphones are no exception. Here are the best times to listen to music — in a way that will boost your productivity, instead of adding a distraction to your plate.

1. Noisy workplace? Play ambient, upbeat music.

When your environment is bustling, your brain will try to process all the sound as data. In that case, it's a perfect time to slip on your headphones and some feel-good music.

This helps decrease stress (cortisol) and increase dopamine, so you can keep calm and focused.

2. Flip on the tunes during a repetitive task.

Entering spreadsheet data or making 100 name tags for an event? Music triggers neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine, resulting in faster results with fewer errors.

3. Listen to your oldies.

Your brain is constantly trying to process new data, so listening to familiar songs or ambient music is best for concentration. Anything too new, and your brain will be running extra hard in the background, even if you are trying to focus on that report.

In short, music can help amplify your productivity, especially when you're strategic with when you choose to listen to it. When you do, quality headphones like the CES-honored A-Audio Legacy Noise Cancelling Headphones are a great way to further reduce distractions. This set is particularly useful for its ability to switch between passive audio, bass enhanced, and active noise cancellation modes — allowing you to curate your audio for optimal productivity.

Buy them here to get started listening to music effectively in your workspace.

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