Do you get more productive with music?

6 years ago from , Human Deluxe Design Studio

Hey DN Community,

I wanted to get your feedback on what you’re listening to when working on your products. I made the discovery that I get better when I listen to specific music, I even started making playlists for the products I'm working on.

What’s your working tune? Music or Podcasts? Spotify or Soundcloud? Electronic or Metal? Or nothing at all? I'd love to hear from you!

Here is how I make playlists: http://johannesippen.com/2017/playlist/


  • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, 6 years ago

    Depends on the task. Depends on the music. No lyrics jazz + Tea = Fire

    9 points
  • Vinay ChilukuriVinay Chilukuri, 6 years ago
    • Lord of the Rings Symphony (on loop, currently)
    • Hans Zimmer collection
    5 points
  • Matteo Pirelli, 6 years ago

    I'm totally on the same boat as you. Since most of my "creative" work is done late in the night, I prefer chillout, vocal trance kind of music.

    I started collecting my favourite songs, organized by moods, in a monthly playlist release on Spotify.

    Here's the last one, for example

    I honestly can't imagine working without music, at least for the most part of it.

    4 points
  • Cody Gallner, 6 years ago

    I can't work with music turned on, too much distraction. But I found repeating some nature sounds would help me. Noizio app is my choice when working.

    1 point
  • Pablo ArteePablo Artee, 6 years ago

    Definitely for me. Since House is the music that works the best for me, I'm always on soundcloud listening to mixtapes of the djs/producers I follow.

    I compile a monthly playlist with the ones I like the most, and use them a lot to work.

    Here's an example, the December'16 one: Dic16 on Soundcloud

    1 point
  • Nathan CooperNathan Cooper, 6 years ago

    I would find it difficult to work without listening to music. Does it make me more productive? I don't know, but I feel more engaged when I do.

    I listen to a lot of neurofunk drum & bass, e.g., Noisia, Current Value, Mefjus, Hybris, Phace, etc. Here's a link to my Spotify playlist.

    If you're a fan of this style and want to discover new music, I highly suggestion listening to Noisia Radio. Here's a link to the Dutch trios weekly Friday show on SoundCloud.

    1 point
  • David Holman, 6 years ago

    Music is critical for my productivity, whether I'm in a noisy or quiet environment. There are a few genres that seem to work well in general.

    As the level of deep focus required increases the music becomes more abstract and "noisy". Here's a Spotify playlist I've assembled for this purpose.

    Punk / Garage gets me working fast when focus isn't a problem. Here's another gratuitous Spotify list.

    1 point
  • Matthijs KolkmanMatthijs Kolkman, 6 years ago

    A little late to the section but lately I have been crazy productive with heavy Techno. It gets you into a zone and makes you work hard, at least for me. Here's a playlist: https://play.spotify.com/user/wiefitti Choose 'T'

    0 points
  • Greg Warner, 6 years ago

    I work in a slightly noisy office so music is a must for me too. But I've slowly gotten to where I can't handle vocals or anything too distracting. So it's ambient/electronic/neoclassical/post-rock/experimental in general for me.

    Put together this Spotify playlist recently: https://open.spotify.com/user/1211777784/playlist/2QSgqb4t2SuwnJlqVKobnf

    I've collected a lot of low-fi ambient stuff from Bandcamp that's not on Spotify too tho.

    0 points
  • Nicole AydëNicole Aydë, 6 years ago

    I think it depends. If I'm hearing music for the first time most likely not. Orchestra/instrumental music generally helps me be productive or songs that I have on a repeat playlist so I can drone out the lyrics. Very few lyrical songs make that playlist though since most of the time it's distracting.

    No way on podcasts those are too distracting. I use spotify and have several different repeat playlists (dark, acoustic, instrumental) but most of the time cinematic songs help me do work (Regina Spektor's song from Kubo for instance).

    0 points
  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, 6 years ago

    The Ori and the blind forest Soundtrack.

    0 points
  • Rick KhannaRick Khanna, 6 years ago

    Music for designing. Brown noise for writing and coding.

    I discovered the Brain Food playlist by Spotify is good for work listening: https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/67nMZWgcUxNa5uaiyLDR2x

    0 points
  • Andy BrownAndy Brown, 6 years ago

    How Music Affects Your Productivity by Gregory Ciotti is a fantastic article on all this. It's changed how much I use music when

    “When a task is clearly defined and repetitive in nature, research suggests that music is consistently helpful.”

    But he goes on to explain that it can be more distracting when you are working on creative tasks. In this situation familiar music works best as it doesn't surprise us as much and interrupt flow.

    “Whether deliberately created or naturally occurring, a soft background noise is what you should aim for.”

    0 points
  • Remus Baltariu, 6 years ago

    Lately I try to listen to podcasts while I'm working on something, but many times I feel like I'm loosing important information :))))

    But yes, with no music there's sadness and almost zero productivity. Soundcloud fan here. Feel free to follow: my SC account

    0 points
    • Johannes Ippen, 6 years ago

      Soundcloud FTW – will follow you, thanks for sharing, Remus!

      1 point
      • Remus Baltariu, 6 years ago

        YEAH! that's the spirit. Hope you'll find music right for you :D. I generally listen to mixes because I don't want to interrupt the flow with skipping songs and stuff. Anytime, my pleasure :)

        Good luck

        0 points
  • Jonas Bucinskas, 6 years ago

    Well it depends on task. If i need to get a bunch of small tasks done i just do some ambient music on a really low volume. Something like this https://soundcloud.com/moshitaka/moshimix71-rob-cesar

    If i need to concentrate for couple of hours on a huge task i have this one song that i just loop for 2-3 hours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKn2JgD2d_U

    I'm a big fan of podcasts, but i just can't work or workout while listening to them, because i then get concentrated on the podcast and not the actual work.

    0 points
    • Johannes Ippen, 6 years ago

      That's unique! I once worked with an illustrator that listened to "Happy" by Pharell Williams on a loop from 9 to 5. How do you never get annoyed by the same song playing over and over again?

      1 point
      • Jonas Bucinskas, 6 years ago

        I basically can't hear it after the third or the second loop once i'm fully concentrated on the task. Also that melody is quite long and transfers to a really funky tune at around 2 min mark. I know that eventually i'll get sick of it so i'll transfer to something new. Before that i used to loop the hell out of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tGA6bpscj8

        0 points
  • Darrell HanleyDarrell Hanley, 6 years ago

    I think I work more efficiently with music, although I think I get a bit distracted finding the particular music that I want to listen to. I recently created a playlist generator which has really helped me tune into the exact type of music I want to listen to at the moment. Recently I've been listening to chilled out R&B,Post Dubstep & IDM and Rap

    0 points
  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, 6 years ago

    I'm not too fussed. I do work better when there's some loud music going but I can function perfectly fine in a no-talk office too.

    0 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, 6 years ago

    I am listening now some opera. Night is the perfect time to do things.

    0 points
  • Al M, 6 years ago

    I work in a noisy, open office so some kind of music is a must. The Minecraft soundtrack helps me work, actually!

    0 points
  • matt michelsonmatt michelson, 6 years ago

    When thinking time is over and it's time to execute, I just loop Bustin' and crank on shit for hours at a time, personally. Feels good.


    0 points
  • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, 6 years ago

    When I know exactly what I want to do and I need to work through a lot of stuff, I love listening to my playlist.

    But when I have to do deeper thinking. I can't have any music on at all.

    0 points