Coding Music! Playlists to Be Productive Coding at Home (Or at the Office)

Coding Music! Playlists and Advice to Be More Productive When Coding at Home

How “coding music” impacts your productivity

There are a number of different ways to enhance workplace focus, and taking control of the sound is one of the most important. For example, sudden and dissonant noise are two stimuli that can force your brain out of the zone and into an unconscious defensive state.

Even if you don’t experience the startle effect, any office noise that is either loud, unexpected, or annoying will still be distracting and lead to reduced creativity.

In fact, what do you think is considered the most annoying sound? ?

Even pleasurable sounds such as a conversation about Netflix can disturb the coordination of neural activity. When the work of three big “focus” neuromodulators: acetylcholine, dopamine, and norepinephrine is impaired, your brain will lose direction and you will experience:

  • An inability to determine what is most important: your code or Stranger Things?
  • You will start focusing on irrelevant information.
  • You will react slower, understand less, and feel sleepy.

On the other hand, listening to coding music has the opposite effect on these brain regions. Indeed, studies have shown that listening to your favorite music releases dopamine in two areas of your brain, the dorsal and ventral striatum. In brief, this is like getting a big hug. Picking a familiar playlist of coding music is just one of the tricks we can use for music-based productivity boosts.

How to pick the best coding music for quick results

Let’s start with the most obvious trick; avoid listening to music you hate. Of course, this is painfully obvious, but the opposite is not necessarily true.

Indeed, there are few caveats to consider before you hit play on your favorite playlist. For one thing, you need a certain amount of novelty to get your dopamine neurons firing. Studies have shown that the main brain activity occurs when the music is not obvious but familiar enough to provide a sense of anticipation that helps the release of dopamine.

However, too much novelty will direct your focus towards the music and away from your code. However, the music you are ambivalent about can bring great results. For one thing, it is not as distracting as something you love or hate.

Pick music that is appropriate to the task. If you are doing something boring and repetitive, then pick an anthem with upbeat lyrics. The lyrics are a good way to break up the boredom and keep you motivated.

We saw earlier that distinguishable speech can be a real productivity killer. This holds true for lyrics in music. If you are working on deeper tasks that require focus and learning, then you should avoid music with lyrics. A better option for deeper tasks would be continuous sounds played at 70 decibels which has been shown to help creative thinking.

With this in mind, you should choose music with consistent tempos, rhythm, and mode to keep you focused, boost your mood,

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This article was written by Chris Fitzgerald and originally published on CodeinWP.

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