Is the Mess Causing You Stress?

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Is your workstation draining your soul? Studies have shown that our work space plays a huge part in mood, productivity levels, and even our creative juices.

1. Work space

When we were adolescents in the classroom, our environments were designed to stimulate our imagination and facilitate creative thinking. There were colors and motivational quotes. Often times there were even places where student’s achievements hung high and proud. As adults, however, our work-spaces can become bleak and boring leaving us feeling dreadful to come back to them. Work-week after busy work-week, stacks of papers start piling high and the once organized systems we created are now washed away by a title wave of hoopla.

Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute found that visual clutter has a negative impact on our focus, as it keeps the brain busy forming and maintaining ways to make sense of the mess. It can also lead to headaches as more action potentials are needed to fire off in the brain to mentally remember where things are and to sift through the clutter.

The next time you sit down at your desk, take a look around. Do you have any documents that you no longer need? Chuck them or file them.

2. What about your technology?

Clear off your desktop of any files that no longer serve you. Re-organize your folders to make them reflect your 2018 wants and purposes. What apps do you have on your cell-phone that you no longer use?

When you spend hours at your desk every day, even the smallest elements of your workspace–such as the position of your monitor or the height of your chair–can be a huge game changer and can even affect your health.

Are you still getting spammed and your Gmail is cluttered? Unsubscribe to messages or filter your inbox so you can open your email with ease.

3. Tidy up your room

De-clutter your space or re-arrange your atmosphere to feel fresh and new. According to Psychologist and Author Sherrie Bourg Carter, of Psychology Today, “clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli, causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren't necessary or important.” Don’t let the mess cause you stress.

 Go through all of the clothes in your drawers and your closest and contemplate on what you really wear and what you are just storing because you don’t want to let go.

Think about if you really need the number of clothes you have accumulated over the years. Then, make the following three piles: donate it, chuck it, keep it.

You will feel amazing by having more room and less clutter. You will also feel a sense of joy by being able to help those in need through your donations. Plus, you may even notice you have more of a variety of things to wear because your closet is more manageable. Sometimes less is more!  

Action Step:

The next time you find yourself stressed or flipping out, take a step back and double check to see if your environment could use a quick pick-me-up.