The prospect of nine hours of white noise a day—whether it’s the TV on in the waiting room or chattering coworkers—is enough to drive many office workers crazy.

So some turn to music to keep the malaise at bay, allowing them to focus on their work. But exactly how much music boosts productivity depends on what workers listen to, and the task at hand, says New York magazine.

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For instance, when doing creative work, one should listen to music before starting a task, and then complete the project in silence, the magazine says. Positive music like pop is also best, because it engenders confidence that boosts creativity.

But when trying to write a client letter or reading over a prospectus, skip music that has lyrics altogether, because it will muddle the words on the page.

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