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Listening to music while working in entirely a matter of personal taste: some really like it, and some do not. I am in the former camp, and almost always have tunes playing while I do my work—in fact, some nice guitar music is playing in the background as I write this. :)
If you’re the right type of person, music can serve the dual function of helping keep you focused on your work, while drowning out potentially-distracting environmental noises. And in fact, listening to music on headphones can serve to isolate you from your environment even more than having it play on speakers. During the six years that I did freelance writing without a home office, there were many times when I had to do work with my family milling about right around me. Music on a set of good headphones was a real life-saver.
If you’ve never considered working to music, I suggest giving it a try. And if you’ve tried it and it wasn’t for you, consider that you may have tried the wrong kind of music. The idea here is for the music to be something in the background, and to that end, it shouldn’t be something you find extremely interesting and involving. In particular, I find that instrumental music is much more suitable for my work than songs with lyrics (it’s hard to think when someone’s voice is in your ears, even if it’s singing).
Getting a setup to play music has never been easier, of course. You can get CD players and MP3 players very inexpensively, and music is easy to buy online. Nearly all modern computers also either come with speakers or have jacks that will let you hook them up to external speakers or a stereo system, so extra hardware is rarely needed.
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