Harmonizing your audio with your workflow

Do you drown out ambient office sounds with be-bop, or hip-hop, or doo-wop?

Do you drown out ambient office sounds with be-bop or hip-hop or doo-wop?

Say you don’t have a private office, but you do have tight deadlines on your various communications projects, and you need to concentrate.

You also have earphones, and probably an iPod, or you can plug into your computer’s media player. There’s your solution, but it’s a solution that raises other issues.

Suppose you have eclectic musical tastes, along with an array of tasks to accomplish — editing, writing, organizing. Which genres are best suited to a communicator’s particular jobs and activities?

First, let’s dispense with the ones you probably don’t want pounding your eardrums.

Heavy metal is out; rap, ditto. They simply are too intrusive, even if you like that sort of thing. Rock and pop songs generally also have lyrics, and lyrics distract. Particular songs, especially, could be detrimental to your work.

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