Do you use music to zone out and be productive?

Friday, April 17, 2009 9:36 AM

For years I’ve always used music to get myself into the zone and be as productive as possible. It only works when I’m doing solitary stuff like development, writing a paper/article/book, or just knocking tasks out. At first I had to use headphones to not disturb others (our whole production room was silent with everyone blasting their headphones) then when I started working from home I was able to use my home office speakers. For me, it’s night and day on how much more productive I am with headphones on / off.

On occasion the last few months I’ve posted to Facebook or Twitter what I was listening to… seems more and more I’ve seen comments from people recommending work music to each other. Some of the best music I’ve collected for work stuff has come from recommendations so I figured I’d post it and see what others jam to. I’m sure when someone sees this list they’ll ask about podcasts. I’m a big fan of the SharePoint Pod Show, DNR and RunAs Radio but I can’t listen to talk radio when I’m working… it’s too distracting or I miss the whole thing.

For me, my work music collection breaks down into a few groups. There’s the heads down trance-like music that’s fantastic for coding or thinking (minimal lyrics), to chill music to head slamming rock that can only be listened to loud as hell. So… here you go (in no particular order)!

Techno / House / Trance

  • ATB
  • DJ Bolivia
  • Paul Oakenfold
  • Timo Mass


  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Jack Johnson

Crank it Up!

  • Alice in Chains
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Linkin Park
  • Evanescence
  • Flogging Molly
  • Pearl Jam
  • U2
  • 311
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