If you’re going to listen to anything at work, it better be something that helps you put in work. A study from Cambridge Sound Management found that music (or sounds, in general) with intelligible words is distracting to about 48 percent of workers. That’s a sizeable chunk of a team. Sure, you want to drown out whatever water cooler talk had made its way over near your desk area, but doing so with more words is not benefiting anyone.
So, turn up the ambient music. French university research published in the Learning and Individual Differences discovered students scored higher on tests when classical music was soundtracking a one hour lecture. The change in sonic environment, they speculated, may have increased the class’ abilities to focus. What’s more, classical and ambient music has been shown to reduce anxiety—a thing that definitely hinders your productivity. Plus, just imagine how cultured you will feel when someone asks you what you’re listening to.
To help you find the right kind of ambiance, ahead are five movie soundtracks of various genres and orchestrations to help you get some work done. Au revoir Procrastination Nation and hello checked-off to-do lists.