A Clean Workspace Leads to More Productivity!

April 6, 2022

Claire Hebert

Claire Hebert

 Did you know that a clean workspace can affect your productivity in both quality and quantity

Most of us know how great it feels to walk into your workspace and sit down at a desk that is organized and tidy, just waiting for a productive day.

People tend to focus more on what app they can use to boost their productivity when often it’s their physical environment that’s holding them back.

You all know a workspace has to work for you, not against you, and getting that workspace organized is the first step to a good and productive day.

How much can a tidy workspace increase your productivity and enjoy your job to the maximum or hideaway for a few hours of pure concentration?

“Surveys show the average person loses an hour a day to disorganization,” said Lisa Zaslow, a professional organizer in New York City. “It takes much less time to get and stay organized. Think about how frantic and stressed you are when you can’t find something.”

Clean space = Clear mind

How often do you find yourself sitting in your workspace wondering how did it get so messy so quickly?

Working from home can lead to extra clutter with coffee mugs and food or even random items from the house and feels overwhelmed, stressed out, or defeated by your surroundings.

Cleaning your desk daily usually takes some minutes but when it gets out of your hands it takes around an hour of cleaning including other small cleaning tasks. Even if it takes 10 minutes sometimes cleaning your workspace makes you feel so accomplished and so good about yourself. You can now sit down and not feel like a terrible person for being this much of a mess. You feel like a brand new person! 

A workspace is a reflection of who you are and all you want to be, it can help you flow through your workday with ease, sustained by the knowledge that everything is in order. Your mind is clear and your energy is freed to be in the present moment. 

Who wouldn’t want that?

In 2011, neuroscience researchers using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and other physiological measurements found clearing clutter from the home and work environment resulted in a better ability to focus and process information, as well as increased productivity.

When you can’t get tasks done due to clutter and dirtiness in your workspace, you feel unproductive and stressed that you couldn’t get all your tasks done in the timeframe you wanted. 

Cluttered spaces can also have negative effects on your stress and anxiety levels, to be sure, but also on your ability to focus.

There is a hormone named Dopamine ( The reward chemical ) which is responsible for allowing us to feel pleasure, motivation, etc. One way to increase this hormone is when you complete a task even if it’s a small one. So before starting to put on some work, it might help if you increase the dopamine hormone by cleaning your desk as your first task before letting the magic happen on your jobs.

Here are a few tips that will help you to start to clean and organize your workspace:

Create a To-Do List

Keeping your to-do list of tasks in your mind creates the hidden stress of worrying that you are forgetting something. 

  • Start keeping track of a to-do list and write down a list each day of what you need to get done. 

Don’t forget ” Mess is stress”

  • Having to see mess first thing on your desk instantly has a negative effect on your day right from the start. 
  • Everything that isn’t in their right place put them all in their place, or if they don’t have a spot, make one, create one, or trash it.

Clear the surfaces and wash it

Clean and organize your electronics

You might not think about it, or not very much, just how dirty some of your electronics are. Think about how often you go about your daily lives, and then come to sit at the keyboard and type or use the mouse.

All of the dirt and grime ends up on your electronics indeed they need a clean

  • Have a packet of antibacterial wipes that are safe for electronics, and carefully wipe down all of the buttons and other equipment you use. 
  • If you have a lot of cables lying around, it’s time to take stock of what they are all used for and elimate any unnecessary ones.
Man working at desk

Make it a habit

If you turn to organizing and cleaning your workspace into a daily habit, you won’t even have to think about starting anymore because you’re so used to it. 

Don’t question it, I just do it!

Don’t strive for perfection

Let that strive for perfection go, as it will take you a lot longer to finish organizing. This will make it less fun and more stressful which will make starting next time harder. So instead of wanting to do have a perfectly Instagram workspace, try to focus on getting it done.

Make it fun and enjoyable

  • Put on something to listen that you love
  • Have a snack before you get started 
  • Whatever helps you to get motivated.

When do you know it’s time to put aside some time to get cleaning? 

First manage to get what comes into your workspace, and deal with it before it becomes cluttered. 

  • When your space is a mess, so are you and that’s a sign you need to start cleaning.
  •  Letting things get so bad that you get even more stressed to start cleaning.

As you can see, these are small steps you can and should take to help you clean and organize your workspace, especially if you’re working from home right now. By keeping these tips in mind, you can help improve your mental wellbeing and you might even see a boost in productivity.

What tips and tricks do you use or find most helpful to ensure a clean workspace? Let us know in the comments below.

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