Messy Desk vs Organised Desk
We are all well versed in the importance of washing our hands to stop the spread of germs but what impact does the state of your workspace have on your wellbeing? We explore the benefits of a clean and tidy desks.
An office keyboard can carry up to 7,500 bacteria at any given time.
The average person wastes 4.3 hours per week searching for paper.
57% of people admit they judge their colleagues by how dirty their workspaces are.
People who work at a clean desk are able to work for 7.5 minutes longer without losing focus.
Cold and flu viruses can linger for 24 hoursm eaning employees who clean their desks daily are less likely to get sick.
A clean workspace increases persistence by 84%.
The way you work is particular to the type of job you do and your personality , some people thrive in chaos and others are clean freaks. For many, a disorganised desk can lead to additional stress in any already stressful day so instead of spending 10 minutes looking for a misplaced invoice and only finding the leftovers from yesterday’s lunch, lets get tidy! Mess is distracting and research confirms that it can actually affect your ability to focus.
The Journal of Neuroscience reports that looking at too many things at once overloads your visual cortex and interferes with your brain's ability to process information. Decluttering might also have a surprising benefit - eating better. People who worked in a neat space for 10 minutes were twice as likely to choose an apple over a chocolate bar than those who worked in a messy office for the same amount of time, found a study in the Journal of Psychological Science. "Clutter is stressful for the brain, so you're more likely to resort to coping mechanisms such as choosing comfort foods or overeating than if you spend time in neater surroundings." says Eva Selhub, M.D., author of Your Health Destiny: How to Unlock Your Natural Ability to Overcome Illness, Feel Better, and Live Longer.
Whilst we are not necessarily convinced that a tidy desk might lead to weight loss, we are convinced that it will make you more efficient. It’s time to archive your old paperwork, colour code your projects, label and mark up your files, prioritise your current work, clean your computer equipment and get comfy at your desk. HINT: all the products you need to get organised and productive can be found in this issue of Office VIBES® so you haven’t got any excuses!