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How do people concentrate on working on something and listen to music at the same time?

I can't see how people do that. people want to concentrate on doing their work and at the same time they would wanna enjoy their music, so how do people do that?

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For me, the music is really not there to listen to, it's just background noise to eliminate distractions.But it has to be instrumental, because lyrics distract me.

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I'm the exact same way
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I just listen to music and focus on my work and eventually my mind tunes out the music without me knowing until I relize it mins. later
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You either got it or you don't :)

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You don't really hear the music when you are concentrating on something else. It's white noise to avoid hearing voices chattering or tvs or such.

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it a talent i guess.....:P....
hehe....i mean some people find that so hard to do and also very distracting and all..... but some people find it really helpful.... maybe it co'z some people prefer being in complete silence while doing things and some people prefer to have some sounds behind them......
i usually put some soft music when i'm doing maths problems....8)

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I play music almost every time I work, but not to listen to it, I need something to both block out everything else, and for some reason it helps me concentrate and think better. Heck, I'm listening to music right now 8)

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Other than used as ambient background, listening to music and doing something else is multitasking. Studies have shown that despite how people evaluate their own ability to multitask, they don't do as well at either task as they would otherwise.

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They have developed the ability to focus entirely on the task at hand. Same as people who work in a heavy noise environment like a machine shop, factory and still complete intricate tasks.

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Music helps me stay focus and calms me down.

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Right now I am doing same thing and my music saves me from other distractions and gives me concentration on this particular job.

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