Rocking on the Freeway Part 1: How Music Relates to Productivity for the Mobile Worker

It’s no secret. Music is ubiquitous. Just take a glance around – no matter where you go (whether it be a subway station, to city sidewalks, to employees in their desks or cars), the majority of society, chances are, has a pair of headphones on and is listening to music or some version of it. There’s certainly good reason for this – music can affect the way you create, avoid noise, and maintain intense focus. Many studies have done research regarding how music relates to productivity (like this one from Help Scout). It may seem obvious, but some workers probably are more productive than they had even imagined, due to music.

For the mobile worker, focus is key for accomplishing daily tasks and setting the bar high for productivity. Many mobile workers, whether or not they may realize it, are an integral component to their company’s success – from medical sales reps to food and beverage distributors, mobile workers have a key purpose. When the mobile employee is dialed in and ready to crush his or her day, it’s a win-win situation, not only for the worker, but for management and the company at large. That being said, let’s face it, sometimes the day-to-day activity of the mobile worker can potentially become repetitive and mundane. Enter music. Music can serve as an escape route from the sometimes menial nature of the work day. Having a slow day? Turn the volume up and crush it! Conveniently enough, music can function as an extra adrenaline pump and lift spirits.

We live in a world where music is very accessible for little to no money at all. Mobile workers should take advantage of music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal or Apple Music. Too expensive for you? Youtube and Soundcloud are 100 percent free and have a wide range of music available to listen to. What’s great about music streaming services is that they offer curated playlists as well as the opportunity to browse and discover artists and songs you otherwise may not have been aware of. Similarly, Youtube and Soundcloud have countless playlists available for different moods and flavors to help you power through the day. Whether you’re into rock, electronic, RnB, Hip Hop, classical or metal, these outlets are sure to have something for your enjoyment. Let’s face it, we could all use a jolt of excitement and energy to plow through the workday – most will choose caffeine, others, hopefully, will choose music.

Ready to pump up the tunes? Check out Part 2 of this series for tips on streaming music in your car along with a rocking playlist to get you started.

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Jeff Porter

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