“Mess makes stress” is a psychological truth. Science tells us that disorder in our stuff—including our workstations—makes us less happy and less productive. There have been studies that show cluttered environments correspond with higher activity in the decision-making part of your brain. And if that’s enough encouragement to tidy up, according to this article in Forbes, 57% of your coworkers will judge you based on your messy desk. If you’re ready to cut through the clutter, here are a few tips to get you started.
Get rid of anything you haven’t touched for a week.
This one tip will go a long way towards getting your station cleaned up. The only things that need to be at arm’s length (i.e., on top of your desk) are items that you’re either in the process of using or need immediately, like a stack of post-it notes. That stack of papers that you’re trying to get to? They’re only taking up space, and causing stress by reminding you of all the work you haven’t done yet. If your “needs to be done” pile needs to be sitting out, at least get it off your workstation. Same goes for that old stack of magazines, research from a project that you finished last quarter, old coffee mugs and that jar of 100 pens.
Keep only what you need.
This is especially true of home offices. Think long and hard about your reasons for keeping so much stuff. Receipts and tax documents that you’re going to need for business purposes have a specific place, and so do a few tasteful decorations. But for the chronically cluttered, there are probably ten things within arm’s reach that could be thrown away. Do it—you’ll feel better and be more productive.
Freshen up your workspace from top to bottom.
A lot of clutter comes from buildup over time. Starting from scratch can give you a great excuse to change your habits. Now would be a great time to switch to a standing desk, which wouldn’t just give you the health benefits from being more organized, but would also add the benefits that come with an adjustable height desk.
Take pride in your space.
Whether it’s unique office furniture or just a few personal touches, taking pride in your space might be the foundation you need to put the extra work into staying organized. Employees who view their workstations as just a necessary evil are not going to be their most productive. Choosing new furniture can help make a break with the past and move toward new productivity.
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