It happens to the best of us. Somehow a room that’s perfectly clean and organized one minute looks like a tornado touched down the next!
Having a clean and organized workspace takes time and effort –especially if we want to keep it that way. But the results are more than worth it.
According to recent statistics, the average office employee spends one and a half hours a day looking for things. That’s an hour and a half that is wasted, every day because of disorganization. Keeping things organized can give you more time each day –since you won’t have to waste minutes looking for things. Another report shows that seventy-seven percent of Americans say that clutter damages their productivity. Clearly being disorganized can have a detrimental effect on your performance.
In addition to making it easier to focus and work, having a clean workspace also helps to convey a professional image, allowing you to make a better impression. Colleagues and customers will be judging you on your cleanliness, regardless of how conscious they are of this fact. Keeping your space clean and free from clutter is a great way to leave a good impression on those you work with, as well as clients and customers.
Having a clean workspace can have a number of additional surprising benefits –let’s look at some of those now.
It’s hard to be productive when you’re disorganized. Organization can make is easier to focus, and allows you to get things done faster. Whether you’re an employee, or self-employed –organization is a pivotal component for success. Employees who care and take pride in their work tend to be promoted faster than employees who give the impression that they don’t care. Being organized is also important if you’re self-employed. If clients see that you’re well-organized, they’ll be more willing to trust you. It shows that you know what you’re doing –and are capable.
Your workspace says more about you than you may think. When someone walks past your space –they instantly form an opinion about you based on what your space looks like. Just because you feel productive –with papers scattered around, doesn’t mean you look like you are. To the outsider, you may look overwhelmed and incapable of taking on extra projects.
Clutter can be a distraction that interferes with your thought process and prevents you from being as effective as you can be. When your workspace is clear and organized, you can spend more time focused on your tasks –without the disruptions of clutter and unorganized chaos to attend to.
Have a Happier Work Experience
Having a clean and organized workspace has another surprising benefit: it just might make you happier at work. If you’re surrounded by a clean environment you’ll have space to think, will be able to get more done –and will feel better working in that space.
Fortunately, keeping your space clean and organized is easier than you might think. Consider having a big clean once a week –then work on keeping your space cleaned and well organized at the end of every day. Try to get rid of, or stow away everything that you don’t need to maximize your productivity. You’ll be amazed at the difference a clean workspace can make to your mindset –and how much more you’ll be able to accomplish during the day.
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