Why Organised People Are Less Stressed and More Productive
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There are so many reasons why you should incorporate organisation into your regular routine.
It’s not just about aesthetics, there are so many other benefits to living a clutter-free, organised life.
Here are some reasons why being organised is the key to living a satisfying, liberating and more productive life.
BEING ORGANISED REDUCES STRESS
You may not realise it, but visual clutter can actually increase stress levels.
You will see over time that the more you have, the more you are occupied and the less you have, the more you feel free.
Decluttering your space decreases general work around the house, while being organised can give you peace of mind that certain tasks are taken care of. This can help lower your cortisol level (the body’s stress hormone), allowing you to reduce your daily stress.
BEING ORGANISED HELPS YOU SLEEP BETTER
When you are organised, your priorities change. You have more time for yourself and more time to focus on what really matters.
Organising your daily tasks allows you to concentrate on what needs to get done instead of being distracted by other things around you.
This means prioritising sleep and getting better-quality sleep, which then promotes efficiency and productivity the following day.
BEING ORGANISED PROMOTES CREATIVITY AND INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY
A tidy and clutter-free space equals a tidy and clutter-free mind.
Researchers have found that clutter can actually make it more difficult to focus on a particular task. This is because when you have multiple visual stimuli competing for your attention, it’s harder to narrow your focus on one thing.
One study also found that disorganisation and clutter can have a cumulative effect on your brain, because constant visual reminders of disorganisation drain your cognitive resources and reduce your ability to focus.
A disorganised environment can contribute to brain fog and lead to procrastination. With a tidy and organised workspace, you limit distractions and can achieve more clarity to be creative and produce your best work.
BEING ORGANISED ENCOURAGES HEALTHIER FOOD CHOICES
A huge part of the home organisation journey is decanting your ingredients and fresh produce in clear airtight containers or jars, and making food items in the kitchen more easily visible and accessible.
Doing this promotes healthier eating habits and allows you to plan healthier meals and snacks ahead of time as the ingredients and produce are readily available and easily accessible.
Following healthy eating patterns is linked with stress management, better sleep quality, increased productivity, and better mental wellbeing.
BEING ORGANISED SAVES TIME AND MONEY
Setting up healthy habits and systems in the home prevents you from falling back into old habits and old patterns that no longer serve you.
By having everything neatly organised and categorised in their own spaces, they become quicker to locate and easier to return the items where they belong. This doesn’t just benefit you – it’s useful for everyone living and sharing the same space.
If you are spending 3-5 minutes a day rummaging and looking for something, imagine how many hours you are wasting in a year doing this. Disorganisation puts barriers in the way, so imagine how much quicker you would get things done if your home was organised and ran smoothly.
MAKE ORGANISATION PART OF YOUR LIFESTYLE
One way to enjoy the ongoing benefits of decluttering and better home organisation is to make it part of your lifestyle rather than a one-off task.
Organising isn’t something that you will ever be done with; it isn’t something that you can tick off the list. Organisation is a journey that requires constant maintenance and regular decluttering to ensure you are on top of it. Think of it as introducing a new beneficial habit into your daily lifestyle.
Ultimately, it is all about living minimally, getting rid of the things you don’t use, and creating good habits and systems in your home to ensure you spend less time managing the clutter and more time doing the things you love.