I have found that when I want to be more creative, listening to music helps immensely. When I am writing I usually listen to film music as it often inspires me. As I read I like to listen to Jazz, it helps keep me focused and alert. When I need a nap or some time to unwind I like listening to instrumental new age music. When I need to study I like listening to classical music (especially Mozart or Haydn). The only time I don't listen to music is when I am writing music. Give it a try. Listen to music that you think will match the activity you are doing. See if it will help you be more focused, productive, and creative.
What do you think?