People with well-ordered office spaces are more insistent and less irritated and drained, according to a recent study in Harvard Business Review! The study found that a clean desk helps you persist with a task more than one and a half times longer. I mean that is a pretty impressive statistic!
Personally, before I tackle a big or dreaded task, I tidy my desk (and my inbox and files) first. This helps me get my head “straight” and in the right frame of mind to tackle the task free of distractions and clutter. It only takes five minutes because I do it regularly and it really helps me focus.
If you have a lot of clutter and mess built up however, it’s going to take more than five minutes. Set aside a quiet afternoon, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. It’s cathartic and you will feel so much better for it. Shred any old files that you are honestly just keeping for the sake of it, send overstocks of stationery back to the stores, actually file the papers you need, throw out the out of date sachets of sugar.
People with incredibly messy workspaces give me the impression that they are trying to look busy and have something to hide. And if they are on leave, it’s impossible to find anything. Are they trying to make themselves look indispensable? People whose desks give the impression their owner is a neat freak have higher outputs without a doubt, in my experience.
What do you think? Organised chaos or just chaos?
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