Since we’re all working from home these days (#StayAtHome), we figured why not cover one of the most important aspects of staying productive: Organization.
Getting organized is so much easier than you think it is. And it will change your life.
Imagine more productivity, higher earnings, and greater efficiency in everything you do.
All that AND less stress and far less anxiety.
In this economics of getting organized guide, we’ll cover:
- How getting organized benefits your life
- Scientific evidence that organization skyrockets productivity and earnings
- Quick and easy organization tips that will help even the most cluttered minds get organized
Ready to tidy up that desk?
Getting Organized: Does This Sound Familiar?
You wake up, grab a coffee, browse social media and news about 20 minutes longer than you should, then get ready to get to work.
You look at your desk: It’s disgusting.
Notebooks, papers, sugary drinks you promised you’d stop drinking ages ago, 3 empty cups of coffee…you aren’t even sure what’s on your desk, let alone how to find it when you need to.
Now that quarantine is here, getting organized might seem tough, and it might seem like it’s just for aesthetics, but it’s not. You will never see a drop in productivity if and when you embrace the importance of getting organized.
For one, it only takes a few minutes out of your day to get organized. And once you start seeing the physical, mental, and financial benefits, you get SO MOTIVATED.
And second, it makes a HUGE impact on your life, especially your bottom line.
Check these numbers out:
The Economics of Organization
Even just a few minutes per day dedicated to staying organized could produce massive returns.
And if you’re a business, it could mean hundreds of thousands in extra revenue. That’s no exaggeration.
More Time Working. Less Time Searching
A study was done by the National Association of Productivity and Organization Professionals (INHALES DEEPLY) – or NAPO – revealed that the average worker WASTED 4.3 HOURS a week searching for missing papers.
And that the average executive wasted roughly 1 HOUR PER DAY searching for lost data.
Fewer Trips to the Doctor
It’s estimated that up to 90% of doctor visits are due to stress-related factors (Source).
Staying organized and turning chaos into order helps reduce stress immensely, which instantly decreases personal and business (As well as overall societal) spending on health care.
Increase Your Productivity
Science has proven that stimuli compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity in the visual cortex.
In English, that means having too much on your desktop or physical desk is DISTRACTING.
All of this interferes with your ability to process information. There’s a good chance you’re only working at partial capacity because you’re so cluttered. Declutter, and you’ll become the Superman version of yourself.
Other Benefits to Staying Organized (That Most People Don’t Know)
Organizing your life offers so many more benefits than just making you rich beyond your wildest dreams and turning you into a super productive superhero…we’re just kidding.
Think about it….you could save hours of work every week. Giving you more free time to do the things you want to do (Or have to do). Isn’t the biggest barrier to things like exercise and better sleep usually “I just don’t have the time?”.
Boosting your productivity gives you plenty of time to cook that healthy meal (Or just order it from Uber Eats), relax, exercise, walk the dog, or whatever it is you want to do.
Lose Weight and Keep it Off
More time to exercise means a greater chance of you following that exercise plan you always promise you will.
But the benefits are way deeper than that.
Science has shown that organized people make healthier food choices.
One fascinating study revealed that disorganization fosters innovation and unhealthy choices, whereas orderly environments cater to tradition and stricter choices.
Participants in the study were placed in orderly and disorderly environments. The subjects in the orderly environment overwhelmingly chose healthier snacks over unhealthier options.
This confirms what health experts have long suspected: Organization and focus lead to healthier choices.
This is so much more important now that we’re all forced to work from home! You must stay strong!
Chaos leads to poor sleep because:
- People with cleaner spaces tend to sleep better (National Sleep Foundation)
- Last-minute tasks and late-night work disrupt your sleep cycles
- Chaos equals stress, which negatively affects sleeping habits
- Routine improves sleep
The more organized you are, the better you’ll sleep. And this leads to reduced stress, a healthier life, and more happiness in general.
Get a Slight Energy Boosts
Research suggests that completing even small goals releases a flood of dopamine, motivating you to get even more done. If things are too hard, we give up. And when we have too much to do, it feels daunting and puts us into a slump.
But organizing your desk, clearing your email, and putting everything into neat files is therapeutic to the brain, and boosts our energy.
If you’re feeling down, just get something done. ANYTHING. Complete a small goal and you’ll feel a dopamine boost.
How to Get Organized No Matter How Disorganized You Are
Here’s how we went from “oh my god what is happening to me” to “wow, I can’t believe all this is happening to me!”.
These organization tips will work, but ONLY if you commit to them.
Let’s start small.
Make a Commitment and Stick to it
We hate to say something so obvious, but this has to come first.
Set small, achievable goals that are so easy you’ll hate yourself if you don’t do them. Make sense? Here are a few easy ones:
- “I will make my bed at the beginning of the day every day”
- “I will never leave my desk cluttered after work”
- “I will tidy up my desk after every break”
- “I won’t eat in my bedroom or home office (Whichever room that may be”)
Stick to the 80% Rule
All of our team members are required to have 80% of their desk visible (Or table if that’s their workspace).
We call this the 80% rule. The goal: Make it impossible for papers to pile up!
Remove Everything on Your Desk That You Don’t Use
If you haven’t used it in the past day or two, get rid of it. Place it in a drawer, throw it out, store it in the attic…we don’t care.
More space means more productivity and less stress.
Clear Your Desktop Screen
Digital organization matters just as much as physical. If your desktop screen is cluttered, you’ll lose info, waste time, and greatly increase stress. Here are a few easy ways:
- Use Google Drive for important files more than your desktop. This instantly removes clutter from your hard drive and screen.
- Delete all of your screenshots at the end of the day. This is one of the lowest hanging fruits there is.
- Create a new folder for each type of file and save files into folders rather than on your desktop.
- Remove all icons of apps that you don’t use on a daily basis.
Sort Your Emails at the Beginning AND End of the Day
Email clutter is the bane of productivity. The only solution is tackling it head-on at the start of your day AND at the end.
Mark things as spam, mark them as read, respond_do whatever you have to do. Just get it done!
Don’t Forget Your Calendar!
If you have meetings, deadlines, or important life events to schedule (Like that jog around the block), put them on your calendar!
That way you aren’t always stressing about what needs to be done and when!
We know how tough it can be to stay organized while working at home. Especially with everything else on our minds during these tough times.
But just a few productivity hacks will help organize your life, and increase your productivity, sleep, health, and overall life.
Whenever you feel too lazy to get organized, just tell yourself that every minute spent getting organized is like putting money into your own pocket.
Stay safe and stay productive!