By Shelina Jokhiya from DeCluttr Me
Whether it be your kitchen, wardrobe, or desk, excess items in your surroundings can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information. That’s what neuroscientists at Princeton University found when they looked at people’s performance when organized versus disorganized environment. The results of the study showed that physical clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention, resulting in decreased performance, reduced productivity, and increased stress.
Similar to what multitasking does to your brain, physical clutter overloads your senses, making you feel stressed, and impairs your ability to think creatively. I liken this effect to having a clutter cloud on top of you constantly.
Instead of trying to fix your surroundings, understand and eliminate the underlying problem:
1) Be In Control
Your primary reaction is determined by your emotions. An unexpected event can have a huge impact on organizational habits. This is also known as situation disorganization. Maybe your attitude towards house clearance and decluttering is determined by your family history. The environment in which you grew up can influence your frame of mind. Distinguish the different psychological reasons behind your disorganization. This will help you stay in control of your condition.
2) Set Your Priorities
The easiest way to organize your thoughts is by prioritizing your tasks. When you have a certain order, you will not get lost in the frenzy of your thoughts, wondering what you have to do next. Furthermore, various activities employ different parts of the brain. Answering an email and a big research project differ in terms of the way our brains approach them. Don’t try to deal with the small things in the intervals between the larger assignments. Create a system where you have appropriate time slots for both big and tiny chores.
I use to-do list apps such as TickTick or Todoist to help me list all the tasks that I have to complete and prioritize all of them during the week.
3) Sustain Your Attention
The primary characteristic of an organized brain is its ability to stay focus. The truth is that you can easily get distracted and return to your previous state of disorganization. You need to be able to preserve your attention and eliminate the negative stimuli. This will help you plan effectively and easily adjust to the unforeseen change of events.
4) Perform an Occasional Purge
Being messy once in a while is perfectly fine. Don’t feel guilty or stress too much if things get out of hand. Sometimes it’s better to simply get rid of the clutter and start fresh than pushing yourself to put everything in order.
Your inbox is flooding with emails? Have a mini-declutter spending 15-20 minutes with no distractions (say on the weekend) and go through as many as possible using the acronym FAT (file, act or toss). You can use FAT for your paper clutter as well. Maybe all you need is a little house clearance? The fewer things you own, the easier you will keep a hold on them.
If you want to start afresh, clutter-free, book an appointment with a professional organizer such as Decluttr Me. We can help you clear the area that is causing you the most pain by decluttering and organizing it with your assistance. The one-day session can help clear that clutter cloud on top of your head.
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