Home Office Rule No. 5: Music

My home office / new graphic design studio is up and running now, so it’s even more exciting to continue to share my home office rules, benefits, perks and incentives.

Home Office Rule No. 5: Music

Music is allowed and encouraged in the home office. This one isn’t really a rule, but more of another way to encourage creativity at work.

Music gets me motivated and boosts my energy, whether I’m exercising or working. I’m often more productive with a steady beat playing in the background.

Music is good for the brain. According to this article, music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function. More studies are showing music is helping play a role in health care and healing. There are lots of studies and articles out there about the benefits of music in motivating us to be more productive.

I was gifted a subscription to Pandora for my birthday last year, which is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. For only $40 a year, I can listen to music without commercials. I used to have the radio on all the time, which was nice to hear the local news and traffic report if I was stuck in traffic. But some commercials can be so irritating. So I have grown spoiled with commercial-free music listening.

Because of my Pandora subscription, my go-to music while working lately has been techno, electronic beats such as Daft Punk, DeadMau5, David Guetta. They don’t require any focus and they don’t tempt me to sing along or do some fist-pumping action. They just offer a steady, up-tempo beat that gets my foot tapping, which gets my creative juices going.

music album covers

I have a reputation of listening to some pretty heavy heavy metal music. I love listening to Thirty Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, Mudvayne, Bullet for My Valentine, In This Moment, Avenged Sevenfold and more. But I really love to listen to so many different types of music from hard rock to Top 40 to jazz to techno.

music album covers

However, there’s a caveat to this rule too. If you’re a county music fan, I have to ask you to wear headphones. Sorry country music fans!

Now that summer weather is here, I do find myself working in the home office more often with the windows open and no music playing at all so I can hear the sounds from outside, birds chirping, the breeze blowing, even a storm passing through.

window views

Some offices have rules like hours, dress code, music, pets, contests and more, so I’m making a fun list of rules and benefits for my very own office, but more like concepts or an atmosphere that encourages creativity and individuality. I want the home office to be as creative environment as possible. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more fun rules!


Click here to see Rule No. 4: Dress Code.

Click here to see Perk No. 3: Sketching Kits on the house, which is more of a benefit.

Click here to see Perk No. 2: Coffee on the house.

Click here to see Rule No. 1: Fresh cut flowers every week.


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