For a developer, who needs to focus to create, distraction is death. Making a good working environment is indeed hard but making the right decision to build the environment is quite harder than you think. One of this unresolved problems is music. The question is “is music helping you or it’s just another distraction?”
Music is one of the greatest things human creativity made but does it help human’s creativity?
With so much of our time being spent at work, and so much of our work being done at computers, music has become inseparable from our day-to-day tasks — a way to “optimize the boring” while looking at screens. — Gregory Ciotti
Music Helps Relaxing
Music has become a way to express feelings and also to catch feelings. We listen to music when we’re sad, happy, angry, calm and etc. A lot of times music made our sad times happy and even our happy times sad. Music has become our gateway from routine. We make routine and repetitive more enjoyable because routine makes everything too hard as Paulo Coelho says
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.
Our mind saves details and data and music is one of the things that brings these data and information from depths of this saving storage so music can provide you a relaxing environment by forcing you to remember quiet/relaxing times.
Music Makes Noises Helpful
A noisy working space is really annoying. Imagine an office full of people talking loud, phones are ringing and nobody answers them, someone is shouting and you hear loaders that work aloud. It makes you crazy and imagine what your headphones and calming music can do. In a noisy workspace, music can make sounds so much better. You still are listening but this time not only it’s calming you but it also prevents noises to distract you.
Music Can Make Atmosphere
Lots of workspaces I saw are partitioned and it induces this feeling that it’s a private space and it happens that people may accidentally do stuff that distracts others. Playing comforting music can prevent distraction effects a little.
Lyrics Are Distracting
However music can help you avoid noises, we cannot forget that music is also a noise. If you are a blogger you probably know what I mean. Listening to Cardi B makes you active but you don’t want to be active when you need to be focused. You don’t want to hear someone says ”I like those Balenciagas, the ones that look like socks. I like going to the jeweler, I put rocks all in my watch. I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance…”
Familiarity Is Best for Focus
It may be beneficial to listen to music you are familiar with if you need to intensely focus for a project.
The reason being is that new music is surprising; since you don’t know what to expect, you are inclined to listen closely to see what comes next.
Music for Immersive Tasks: What Works?
Although “music that you like” should be given preference, most people have a fairly wide range of tastes, so using a certain type of music just for work isn’t out of the question.