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Why music affects your productivity

A visitor wearing noise-cancelling headphones as she tours the latest project by performance artist Marina Abramovic titled "Marina Abramovic: In Residence" on display as part of a public art project in Sydney
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Listening to music between tasks could boost productivity.

The late philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “without music, life would be a mistake.” This rings true for most of us.

Whether we listen to sad music after a painful breakup or upbeat music on our graduation day, music often plays a significant role in our most memorable life events.

Memories aside, music also influences our mental performance and ability to get things done. Here’s the science of how music affects your productivity, and how to use it to your advantage.

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