Many of us tend to accumulate ‘stuff’ that we think might come in useful one day. But one or two items become three or four and eventually ten or twenty… and we land up with what is infamously known as clutter.
Did you know that a little bit of seemingly harmless clutter could be negatively affecting the way you work? Here are a few reasons why you should consider decluttering your workspace.
- Clutter can make your brain ‘stutter’
Excess things in your immediate environment could distract you from focusing and processing information. Whilst you think you may be focusing entirely on your work, your brain’s attention is simultaneously being drawn to the clutter in your surroundings. This inevitably results in decreased productivity.
- Clutter could affect perceptions
There’s an old saying that goes along the lines of: “If you want to know someone’s state of mind, just look at the state of their desk.” Having a messy and disorganised working environment could lead to negative impressions being formed by others and will probably not contribute to you feeling very good about yourself either.
- Clutter-free can increase creativity
Working in a clean, neat and organised environment is similar to having a clear and open mind that is free to brainstorm and be creative, without being bogged down by clutter and mess.
- Don’t neglect the digital clutter
Just remember, although a lot of our clutter may be physical items, nowadays, digital clutter can be just as bad. Think of all the unread emails in your inbox, unorganised files on your hard drive or the unused icons on your desktop. All this clutter could equally affect your productivity and mental wellness, just the same as physical clutter would.
Start with small simple steps and really consider whether you really need that item on your desk or desktop. If there’s some slight hesitation, then you could probably do just fine without it.
Free your office and in turn you will free yourself.