Listening to music while working

Fuzyon

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Since I'm a programmer I get to spend a lot of time by myself and not have people bothering me, so I function a lot better with a little bit of sound in the background. I don't listen to music with words, just instruments which I find helpful for focusing on what I have to do.
 

Corzhens

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Re: Listening to music while working

In my former office, there was a pip-in music that is played in the entire building. But here in my present office, it is very quiet because our boss is like a nerd who is more on academic and not in socializing. He would always be talking of computers and systems than talking of social life or personal talks. And his reason for the music is that we are not uniform in the kind of music so maybe we can just buy an iPod or an earphone if we want to hear our own kind of music. At least music will not be an issue.
 

Norm

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I work in graphic design so I also am a lot more free to listen to music while working, and I did take full advantage of that back in the day when MP3 players were mostly what dominated the market but I have to admit that these days I much prefer to just having one of my favorite shows playing on a second monitor instead. It mostly does the same function of music for me by which I mean it's mostly just for background noise but I prefer it because I get to have something to watch when I glance for a few short minutes and I find it gives me a bit more relaxation that way because of the short breaks I get in between.
 

Corzhens

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I work in graphic design so I also am a lot more free to listen to music while working, and I did take full advantage of that back in the day when MP3 players were mostly what dominated the market but I have to admit that these days I much prefer to just having one of my favorite shows playing on a second monitor instead. It mostly does the same function of music for me by which I mean it's mostly just for background noise but I prefer it because I get to have something to watch when I glance for a few short minutes and I find it gives me a bit more relaxation that way because of the short breaks I get in between.
When I was in college, we had a field trip to a drafting company where draftsmen were drawing architectural designs. Take note, there were not computers yet so that CAD or CADD was unheard of. Those draftsmen were working manually, using their hands to draw the design. And there was loud music. It's funny because the music was classical and the draftsmen were quite young - about 15 guys aged 20 to 25 years. Now I wonder how those draftsmen could relate to the music that was being played by their boss who was around 60 at the time.
 

Fuzyon

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Re: Listening to music while working

I work in graphic design so I also am a lot more free to listen to music while working, and I did take full advantage of that back in the day when MP3 players were mostly what dominated the market but I have to admit that these days I much prefer to just having one of my favorite shows playing on a second monitor instead. It mostly does the same function of music for me by which I mean it's mostly just for background noise but I prefer it because I get to have something to watch when I glance for a few short minutes and I find it gives me a bit more relaxation that way because of the short breaks I get in between.
I would love to be able to do that, but I would much rather be entirely focused on the show or work. I watch a lot of detective/adventure shows where seeing little things/references counts a lot.
 

Clark

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The only type of music I can listen to while studying or working is legitimate classical music (instrument only). I'm talking Mozart, Bach, and the other greats. That's it. Anything else that involves singing or even meditation style music is quite a bit much for me. For a while, I thought I could listen to Sundanese music since others claim it got them through studying for major exams. But unfortunately, I lost my concentration entirely and couldn't stop thinking about elephants and movies like The King and I. Lol. But anyway, I highly recommend Bach, there are entire albums 3+ hours long which have been uploaded to YouTube.
 

nytegeek

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Re: Listening to music while working

Unless I'm doing work of a physical nature or doing some sort of repetitive manual labor I don't like the distraction. When I'm writing, researching or doing desk work I prefer a quiet environment.
 

Fuzyon

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The only type of music I can listen to while studying or working is legitimate classical music (instrument only). I'm talking Mozart, Bach, and the other greats. That's it. Anything else that involves singing or even meditation style music is quite a bit much for me. For a while, I thought I could listen to Sundanese music since others claim it got them through studying for major exams. But unfortunately, I lost my concentration entirely and couldn't stop thinking about elephants and movies like The King and I. Lol. But anyway, I highly recommend Bach, there are entire albums 3+ hours long which have been uploaded to YouTube.
I know what you mean, haha! When I was a little kid I tried to learn and listen to music at the same time, but I was only listening to rap and following lyrics at the same time made it really hard for me, haha! I only listen to classical now.
 

Norm

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I would love to be able to do that, but I would much rather be entirely focused on the show or work. I watch a lot of detective/adventure shows where seeing little things/references counts a lot.
I feel it's a practice that lends itself better to graphic designers than programmers, or at least With my type of thought process it is most likely the case, because I have a hard time dealing with words and typing and analyzing when words are being spoken in my area either via lyrics or a song or dialogue in shows or movies because it always interferes with my ability to arrange the words in my head. With graphic design I at least just need to focus on colors and shapes so I'm not so troubled by it.
 

rajesh

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Re: Listening to music while working

You can listen to music while working because it reduces your workload but if you work needs high-concentration concentration, I would not recommend you to listen to music.
Simple tasks like programming can be done perfectly while listening to a music in background.
 

Norm

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You can listen to music while working because it reduces your workload but if you work needs high-concentration concentration, I would not recommend you to listen to music.
Simple tasks like programming can be done perfectly while listening to a music in background.
I agree. I guess certain types of music can still be used even in high focus situations like classical or relaxing music but most of the time complete silence is really what gets the job done. It still depends on the person though since sometimes they are just different and they work better with what they have grown used to, but in general complete silence is the most effective I think.
 

primalclaws1974

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We have an intercom-type music system, but it isn't used very often. The main reason is that the plant is too noisy in most areas. Small sections do have their own radios, but arguments often break out to who gets to listen and/or control it. I swear my small children at home get along better most days!
 

Norm

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We have an intercom-type music system, but it isn't used very often. The main reason is that the plant is too noisy in most areas. Small sections do have their own radios, but arguments often break out to who gets to listen and/or control it. I swear my small children at home get along better most days!
I understand the frustration. I've been subjected to listening to music I don't like daily for years just because I had to ride the bus to school for most of my early education and it was terrible. The worst part was that i has to endure it twice a day for hours at a time because I rode the bus home too. The ride going to school was the worst since it was the start of my day and people are much more quiet because everyone was still sleepy and at least the ride home I had people to chat and interact with and could better ignore the music.
 

artyarson

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Re: Listening to music while working

I usually listen to some pretty much soft stuff when working. I can't focus If it's too loud. Post-rock would be fine for that. Or some acoustic stuff. I like it a lot.
 

GenevB

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Re: Listening to music while working

Since I'm a programmer I get to spend a lot of time by myself and not have people bothering me, so I function a lot better with a little bit of sound in the background. I don't listen to music with words, just instruments which I find helpful for focusing on what I have to do.
I believe this to be one of the most productive way in which you can do your work, as several music instruments have been proven to increase the focusing power of the brain. Also, try to listen to some electronic music without words too, you'll probably find the effect the same or ever better than you can get from musical instruments.
 

TheFunneler

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Literally listening to music right now and working. There's no comparison to just having a set of headphones on and getting a thing or two done in the meantime. Music is awesome like that, makes everything easier.
 

Norm

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I usually listen to some pretty much soft stuff when working. I can't focus If it's too loud. Post-rock would be fine for that. Or some acoustic stuff. I like it a lot.
I have the same problem, especially when the music has words to it and I need to be typing up something as it eventually just meddles with my thoughts and I end up focusing too much on the lyrics and forgetting what I was supposed to type. When I am writing I usually just listen to instrumentals if I felt I had to put on some background music but nowadays I can usually stand the silence a lot better.
 

Corzhens

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With the popularity of the iPod and now the phone that can be used for music, the ear phone can be a great tool for the music lover. In our office it is not allowed to have a pipe-in music anymore unlike before because our boss is a nerd (sorry for the description). Some of my colleagues have been using the ear phone but not in front of the boss because music is not allowed for it can dilute the concentration of the employee at work. But those music lovers would be using their ear phones when the boss is not around.
 

Norm

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Re: Listening to music while working

With the popularity of the iPod and now the phone that can be used for music, the ear phone can be a great tool for the music lover. In our office it is not allowed to have a pipe-in music anymore unlike before because our boss is a nerd (sorry for the description). Some of my colleagues have been using the ear phone but not in front of the boss because music is not allowed for it can dilute the concentration of the employee at work. But those music lovers would be using their ear phones when the boss is not around.
I can't blame your boss as I would be iffy with it if it were me as well. The only exception would be if we were in a more creative industry wherein listening to music won't do much to add to or diminish the concentration but for general work I wouldn't be comfortable with allowing it if it were me.
 

Corzhens

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I can't blame your boss as I would be iffy with it if it were me as well. The only exception would be if we were in a more creative industry wherein listening to music won't do much to add to or diminish the concentration but for general work I wouldn't be comfortable with allowing it if it were me.
Actually the reason of our boss is the differences in taste when it comes to music. For an example, he said that we might not relish hearing heavy rock music if that is his favorite genre. On the other hand, we might be sleepy with a soft classical music if that would be his trip. And since I am not a sound tripper, it really doesn't matter to me if there is music or none in the workplace as long as the music is not played so loud. And the genre also wouldn't matter unless the songs are way out of this world.
 
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