I listen to a lot of music at work. All day, every day.
It helps smooth frustrations, keeps me awake, and provides “color” for my day. I want my office to feel like a 1960′s Sci-Fi movie!
Most importantly, the music helps me “flow” by drowning out the regular office clatter and bang-clangery.
Admittedly, I tend to “burn out” early on music, but 2,000+ hours of work/year will eventually tire even the most stalwart listener and extensive collection. Especially since a lot of the music I like “in real life” doesn’t mesh well with concentrating. I usually find lyrics to be too distracting.
Since audiobooks and podcasts have taken over my ipod, I do almost all of my music listening at work. This has introduced a strange and large gap between the music that I used to like and the music I actually listen to.
Although I love it, my office is a no Kanye zone!
Since I require so much “background” music, services like and Pandora are perfect fit for me. I’m constantly tweaking my stations, but here’s my current fave for work:
My favorite Pandora Station:
Programming Music: Boards of Mercury Circles
And here’s a few youtubes of songs you might hear on that station: