If you struggle to be productive while working from home, you’re not alone. Staring at a laptop in silence makes it harder to stay on task than you might think.
In the absence of co-workers, you might turn down the rabbit hole of social media for a little human interaction. While silence can be problematic, filling the void can be a distraction. Fortunately, turning a little background music might be the solution to improving your productivity.
But not just any music will do. Listen to the songs that help you feel happy, and you’ll get more work done in less time.
So it makes sense that listening to happy music makes you happy. And when you feel happy, you work better. But that’s not the end of the story.
Listening to music while you’re focused on something else (like writing a report) might also improve your performance. A 2014 study found that listening to upbeat background music improved the brain’s processing speed and bolstered memory in older adults.
And while both upbeat and downbeat music showed memory benefits, processing speed improvements were only present when people listened to upbeat music. So this reinforces the idea that happy songs could be the key to enhanced performance.
Rather than spend hours looking for upbeat songs — we thought we’d supply you with a great playlist that might help you feel happier and make you more productive right away.
Here is a selection of songs guaranteed to put you in a happy mood and get productivity in full flow.
September by Earth, Wind & Fire
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Uptown Funk by Mark Bronson and Bruno Mars
ABC” by The Jackson 5
O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps
Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
Happy by Pharrell Williams
Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
Turn on the background music – Experiment a bit with background music to figure out what helps you stay most productive. You might find listening to the same song over and over again actually helps you stay on task best. Or you might discover upbeat, instrumental music helps you stay focused.