By: Lisa Evans - Guest Writer on www.entrepreneur.com
Want to get more done? You may need to clear your desk. June Saruwatari, author of the new book Behind the Clutter, says clutter makes you less productive. It's a claim backed up by research. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience showed multiple stimuli present in the visual field compete for our attention, making it harder to focus on the task at hand. The study also showed a cluttered environment led to difficulty processing information and has a negative impact on working memory.
How to deal with clutter:
Doing this spring cleaning exercise in your workspace doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything in it. If you have things around your office that remind you of positive things or that motivate you towards your goals, you don’t need to eliminate these.
Saruwatari says we only need to get rid of the things that distract us from our goals. Family photos and kids’ artwork may be motivating to some and can be wonderful reminders of the love you have in your life, but if they’re distracting you from your main goal in your business, then it may be best to keep them in your living space rather than your work space. Go through each item and ask whether the item is making you feel energized, or if it’s bringing you down and is just “clutter.”
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