Researchers have actually proven that a messy desk leads to a messy mind. The Journal of Neuroscience reported on a study that shows our ability to focus and process information decreases as the clutter around us increases. They also found that an untidy desk causes anxiety, guilt and raises stress levels. It’s officially time to declutter!
When it comes to giant messes it can be hard to know where to start. When a job seems impossible, or pointless (because“the mess will just return”) it’s hard to find motivation. So there are really two goals for this article. The first is to provide tips to make organizing easier. The second is to motivate you to get started; we’re hoping to do that with tips that come with a long term impact.
The effort you put into building a tidy workspace will pay off in a big way. The key is to nip clutter in the bud. Evaluating your desk once or twice a week to see what can go, will mean you don’t need to take on any big organizational tasks again, anytime soon.
Remember, it’s not just about how your workspace appears to colleagues or clients, it’s about how it makes you feel. You’re able to spend more time working and less time shuffling through papers. Plus, your increased productivity and mental clarity will confirm your efforts weren’t wasted.