Let’s face it, we all want to be organized, productive and on the ball. Because when we are, we have the possibility to increase our financial situation. This can be loosely based upon Parkinson’s Law of Productivity. Basically, it states that if we give ourselves the same amount of time to complete a task previously completed in that allotted amount of time, we can usually get it done faster. Thus meaning we aren’t being as productive as we could be. But, by creating a more organized space, we can naturally increase our level of productivity and utilize that time more efficiently.
There are many ways this can be done. Finding the best way to organize your space, that makes the most sense for YOU, is integral to increasing your productivity though. However, by doing so, you are changing not just your workspace, but a whole host of other things that directly affect your productivity.
When you have a cluttered workspace, it makes everything more difficult. This is due to the fact that the clutter, or disorganization, is extremely distracting. And when you are distracted, you spend much less time focusing on the task at hand.
We have all been there before, especially if we have ever worked at home. There can be so many other things to pull our attention away from the work task we are supposed to be completing. This makes getting anything done efficiently almost impossible.
There was a great study done by the Journal of Consumer Research on this very topic. Ultimately, they divvied up the study participants into two groups. One group went into a clean and organized office space and the other went into a disorganized one. After a determinate amount of time, they moved both groups into a different space to work on a geometric puzzle. The group that was in the organized office space spent almost double the amount of time working on the puzzle.
If that doesn’t speak to just how much disorganization affects your focus and work, then I don’t know what does!
Ultimately, the more “things” we have, the more stress we have. This is due to the fact that we gain more from experiences than from things. And when we have more things, it increases our stress level because we spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about our things. We think about:
- where to place them
- how to operate them
- making sure they are clean
- keeping them from breaking
- what would happen if they did break
- how much money we spent on them
That is an awful lot of brain energy thinking about things! So, when we organize our workspace and get rid of a lot of our things, we reduce our stress level. And when we are less stressed, we are much more productive because we are more focused on the task at hand.
When it comes to boosting your creativity and productivity, decluttering your workspace is key. This is because too much clutter can have a negative affect on a clear and concise thought process. Once we create a more decluttered space, we are more apt to zone out because we aren’t thinking about all of the junk on our desk. And by zoning out, we set ourselves up for a more creative thought process.
One of the best ways to declutter your workspace is to make some small minor changes, such as:
- create an in basket for new work or documents
- have a basket for immediate attention documents
- file away whichever documents you are not currently working on
- make sure you clean your workspace at the end of every day, so that you can begin the next workday with a clean slate
If you can make these minor changes, it can really help boost your creativity. Plus, you never know what you might find under your pile of papers that triggers a new, brilliant idea.
We spend more time in our office than we do anywhere else in our life. So, it is important to have a comfortable space that increases our motivation to be there. If our workspace isn’t inviting to us, because it induces stress, then we are likely to be less motivated to want to be there.
Plus, keeping your workspace organized and clean elicits a better first impression from others who may enter your space. By doing so, you are increasing morale, because that assists with putting others at ease. And when we are at ease, we are much more motivated and creative.
Maximizes Work Time
As previously mentioned, when you have a disorganized workspace, the chances of productivity decrease. This is due to the clutter creating chaos and distractions. And when you are distracted, you aren’t working efficiently. So the best way to maximize your work time, and maybe even get your work completed early, is by organizing your space. If you use some of the tips mentioned in the boosting creativity section, you can easily achieve this.
When you maximize your work time, and even get projects done early, you can potentially increase your revenue. This all depends upon how you are paid, of course. But even if you are salary, you may be able to use this newfound maximization of work time to ask for bonuses or even move up to another, higher-paying position. Now that is what I call a win-win!
More Organized Space Equals More Productivity
Overall, when you organize your workspace, you increase your productivity. And when you increase your productivity, you have the potential to increase your income. Which is something that we ALL want!
Some of the other great benefits of having an organized space are:
- improving focus
- reducing stress
- boosts creativity
- improves motivation
- maximizes work time
- just makes you happy
With all of these great benefits, and the potential to make more money, why wouldn’t you want an organized workspace? So now is the time to declutter and get organized!
How have you been able to increase your productivity, and your potential income, by creating a more organized space to work in?