Did you know there is actually scientific evidence that proves clutter is directly correlated to a drop in productivity? So if your one of those people with a cluttered desk, house or home office, you’ll be seriously reconsidering your ways after reading just exactly how clutter is impacting your productivity! Because, let’s face it, we all lead super busy lives today and want to get tasks done in the fastest and most efficient way possible.
So how exactly does clutter impact productivity?
Clutter restricts your ability to focus. When you’re working in a cluttered environment, the chaos restricts your ability to focus and limits the brains ability to process information because of the multiple stimuli competing for your attention – resulting in longer time frames needed to complete tasks and even poorer quality work.
Clutter is incredibly disruptive! It’s disruptive, and not to mention stressful, to find that you’ve lost something important (like house keys, important work documents, a computer file or even just the grocery list). It robs you of valuable time which could have been spent doing something more productive. In fact, the average executive loses one whole hour of productivity per day searching for missing information!
Clutter brings down your mood. I don’t know about you, but when my mood is low, I definitely don’t produce my best work. Having clutter around you overloads your senses, just like multi-tasking overloads the brain, therefore causing feelings of stress and anxiousness – definitely not a winning combination for productive work.
Clutter contributes to procrastination. Clutter is essentially procrastination as it involves setting something down with the intention of dealing with it later. The more you procrastinate certain tasks, the more work you create for yourself; meaning more time wasted not being productive!
Now there’s no doubt about it, clutter is impacting your productivity. But what can you do to fix this?
1. Set aside time each week for solely managing and organising your space.
2. Organise your office desk or work space at the end of each day. That way when you arrive at work the next day, you don’t need to waste time tidying up loose ends.
3. Eliminate anything on top of your desk that does not get used often because it could be a potential distraction! Only keep the bare essentials out, the rest should be kept in organised drawers or containers where they are easily accessible when needed. You’ll find you efficiency significantly increases and stress reduces from having an organised space and not wasting time searching for bits and pieces.
4. Rather than leaving important notes and reminders lying around where they can easily get lost, simply place your to-do lists, reminders and appointment notes on a Justick board where you can’t miss them! Previously you would waste time searching for pins, magnets or tape to display these items, but thanks to the Justick technology, the need for these is eliminated! So say Hello to a more productive you!
Get yourself a Justick HERE and see for yourself the positive impact it will have on your productivity!