Neuroscientists reveal the benefits of cleaning your office desk

clean office desk
 Just like they say, you become who you hang out with. Likewise, you become your environment.
No, seriously. If unwanted stack of notes, piles of files and clutter makes your work environment then you are more likely to procrastinate and lose focus. Long-term exposure to “cluttered” environment affects your mental health leading to anxiety and depression.
Hang on, this aint just me talking, its backed by science. Scientists at the Princeton University Neuroscience institute did their thing and revealed that the constant visual reminders of disorganisation drains our cognitive resources and reduces our ability to focus.
You may not be bothered by it, but workplace stress is costing American Businesses upto $190 billion every year in health care costs alone. So now you know it’s real deal.

What can be done?

This month, I am reading a book called Atomic Habits written by James Clear and Mr. Clear said something interesting,

“Wether it is about losing weight, building a business or (in this case, being tidier), we put pressure on ourselves to make earth-shattering improvement that everyone will talk about.

Meanwhile, improving 1% isn’t particularly notable but it can be far more meaningful especially in the long run. Here is how that maths work out: if you can get 1% better each day for one year, you will end up 37% better by the time you are done”

Our lives are incredibly busy. We do not seem to find neither the time nor the motivation to spend hours on ourself, let alone cleaning. However, what can be done is to start with baby steps.

Commit to cleaning your working space for 5 minutes everyday!

Doing this, will provide the following benefits:

  1.  By the end of the year, you will end up being 37% tidier. 
  2.  Lesser anxiety, procrastination and all that. Neuroscientist proved that when employees cleared clutter from their working space, they were better able to process information and focus. Also, their productivity increased.
  3. Forming a 5 min cleaning habit can transform your desk, gradually your room and finally(who knows maybe) your entire home too. 

2020 was insane

Among many other lessons, it taught us the supreme importance of cleanliness. Now, it is more like a personal resposibility on our shoulders to help prevent the spread of germs. We must make cleanliness our new norm. Where do we start?

As someone said, be the change you want to see in the world. No, I do not mean that you should become a cleaning freak and start disinfecting every thing and anything you see. That is not sustainable, is it?

Instead, I want you to start small. Commit to cleaning 5 minutes a day. Start from your workplace, build the habit and gradually work your way upto a better, healthier and more productive living.

I get lazy

 Let’s be honest here. Sometimes you just cannot keep up with things. That’s OK. I run a cleaning company and I loveeee to clean yet sometimes my place is a mess, and I just don’t feel like cleaning. It’s overwhelming. 
In that case, perhaps why not consider a locally trusted cleaning company to do the job for you?(ahem). We serve 120+ busy albertans just like you all day everyday. Along with taking cold-hard cash, we are taking these mandatory COVID-precautions to keep you, us and everyone safe. 
That is all for now, thank you for reading.

Jen.