Although cleaning your workspace doesn’t make your daily to-do list, it does have its benefits. Your workflow, your creativity and your health could all suffer. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Mess = Stress
Just looking at a messy workspace first thing in the morning can raise your stress levels. It can make it hard to find needed items and slow you down. Why do that to yourself? An organized atmosphere will limit distractions and help you focus on your work, not your clutter.
Increase Efficiency and Limit Distractions
A messy desk is distracting and can pull your mind off of working. You’ll also find yourself with lots more space to get things done than pushing the mess to the side and adding more to the pile. This also applies to clutter on your computer, like old files on your desktop or an overflowing email inbox.
Did you recently have a cold? Do you sometimes eat lunch at your desk? Leaving the surface untouched, can harbor germs. Make a point of cleaning your desk and computer keyboard with proper cleaners.
Sometimes, a Little Mess is Okay
Believe it or not, there are times when having an untidy desk can actually pay off at work. A Psychological Science study found that having a messy environment at the start of a project can promote creative thinking and help people come up with new ideas. Whereas a clean working space makes the mind focus. If you need to come up with unconventional and new ideas, it can help to start a bit messy and finish clean. That’s good news for creative types!
There are many good reasons to keep your workspace clean: your efficiency and your health will all benefit from a neat environment. Taking time to tidy up won’t feel like a chore if it helps you get ahead.