Think productivity is all about willpower? While your work ethic plays an important role in helping you achieve your goals and meet your targets. Your environment also has a significant effect on your ability to work hard to be productive.
Step into a messy, cluttered office and it’s highly likely that your mind will take on a similar form, making achieving peak productivity difficult. Step into a clean and tidy office and the opposite effects – mental clarity and focus – could be the result.
Not everyone is affected equally by their work environment, but everyone has some level of reaction to the environment they work in. In this post, we’ll share four ways of being tidy helps you work efficiently and get more done during the workday.
Being tidy makes important documents, items, and resources easy to find
Have you ever misplaced an important contract, receipt or document? It’s very easy to lose documents when your workspace is a cluttered mess. It’s leading to wasted time spent looking for things that aren’t where they’re supposed to be.
Keep your workspace clean and tidy, however, and you’ll never need to search for a document or item you need. A simple sorting system is often all it takes to transform your office from a mixed collection of items into an easily sortable system.
Keeping your desk tidy makes it easy to start work when you sit down
You’ve had breakfast and finished your morning coffee, and now it’s time to start the workday. Sit down at the clear, neat and tidy desk and your mind will move straight to work; sit at a messy desk and you’ll find it difficult to focus at all.
Research shows that people find it easier to focus on work when they’re in a clean, neat and organized environment. Every piece of clutter – from desktop documents to stacks of books and magazines – has a negative effect on your productivity level.
Tidying up your work area is a great way to signal the end of work time
Do you feel stressed and overworked even after the workday is over? Many people struggle to separate their leisure time and work time, particularly if they work from home in an office that’s part of their house or apartment.
Keeping your office organized and tidy can make it easier to separate the workday from your free time. Tidy up your workspace for 10 minutes at the end of each day to make it clear that work is over and your free time has begun.
With a tidy workspace, you’ll know exactly where to pick up the next day
Having a tidy workspace, it’s easy to pick up where you left off on a long-term project that requires continual effort. With a cluttered and disorganized workplace, on the other hand, finding out where to pick up after a break can be challenging.
When you keep your workplace neat and organized, it’s easy to see where to begin at the start of each day. Clear away items on your desktop and only leave behind the essentials so you know exactly what to focus on as soon as you sit down.