Cluttered space = Cluttered mind

Does your work desk resemble a miniature city of paper-skyscrapers? Are you the Mayor of this miniature urban jungle?

Are you concerned about the 3 new strains of Penicillin harboured by your small colony of coffee cups? Are you considering filing a missing persons report for the 3 staplers you’ve lost to ‘the desk’ over the past 6 months?

Yes, it sounds like Hell and yet this is the environment many people ‘work’ in, every day.

In order to drive greater workplace efficiency, productivity and even creativity, the work environment is crucial. Yet it’s something very few of us ever do anything about – save for a ‘token tidy’ before a holiday or when we start a new job.

This article isn’t just about empowering you to minimise clutter and perhaps allowing the cleaner to wipe down one of those hidden surfaces every now and then. This is about being able to find things when you want them, minimising ‘search time’ and distractions and boosting productivity, all while simultaneously cutting down on the mental ‘clutter’ that is all too often a reflection of our physical work spaces. It’s about fostering personal organisation and making your own space ‘work-enhancing’ not ‘work-limiting’.

PEPworldwide’s study of workplace stress among several thousand workers measured the correlation between the piles of papers on one’s desk and workplace stress; unsurprisingly, those who reported ‘always’ or ‘often’ having papers on their desk, unrelated to the project at hand, reported higher stress levels.

A similar relationship was found between stress levels and the volume of emails in one’s inbox. You know how your blood starts boiling somewhere near your heart as the number of unread emails reaches 3-figures again? That’s stress – and it’s not good for you.

With access to emails now potentially 24/7 via smart phones and tablet technology ‘conveniences’ at every turn, this accessibility will ultimately have ramifications on health and wellbeing if workers mismanage it – to the further detriment of workplace productivity and efficiency.

Next week we’ll show you how to create a clean space = an organized mind.

Mark Rigby, PEPworldwide – New Zealand

Johan Chr. Holst, PEPww Norway, Redaktør. Tilbake til hjemmesiden: pep.no

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