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Declutter Your Life To Increase Productivity & Get Stuff Done

1 Quick Tip To Double Productivity & Produce Results

Whether you’re struggling to etch the first sentence of your book onto its page or you’re doing a cramming session for an upcoming exam this tip has served me well on both occasions.
Declutter Your Life
Clear everything but the absolute essentials off your desk (or wherever you work).
That’s it.

Don’t dismiss it until you try it.

My office desk used to be what I’d consider a productivity haven – with ergonomic peripherals, additional monitors, pens, pencils, highlighters, my kindle, Wacom drawing tablet and more.

But at the end of the day these items were all just distractions and played no role in what I was actually trying to do – writing a paragraph on a word document on my laptop.

I didn’t need 3 monitors or a kindle do to that, I didn’t need sheets of paper and books surrounding me.
However when I was struggling instead of focusing and putting pen to paper I’d find a distraction in one of these.
Now all I keep on my desk when I’m writing is my laptop, journal and 1 pen. My writing efficiency has doubled. Only essentials remain in my arsenal.
No brain supplements, fancy time management techniques or snake oil. Just minimalism.
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There’s research to back this up too…

Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute published the results of a study they conducted in the January issue of The Journal of Neuroscience that relates directly to uncluttered and organized living. From their report “Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex”:

Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.

Or, to paraphrase in non-neuroscience jargon: When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.

Clutter causes anxiety, provides distraction and looks awful. Keep your office and your life minimal, don’t store and hold that which you know you don’t need – whether you realise it or not the attachment to things is draining.

A team of UCLA researchers recently observed 32 Los Angeles families and found that all of the mothers’ stress hormones spiked during the time they spent dealing with their belongings. Similar to what multitasking does to your brain, physical clutter overloads your senses, making you feel stressed, and impairs your ability to think creatively.

“A recent survey says a disorganized workspace can lead to decreased productivity and unprofessional behavior.” Inc Magazine.

What’s your take on increasing your productivity? Declutter your life and let me know how much of a difference you notice!

Scott J.
Scott J.https://ignorelimits.com
I’m SJ. I’m a fitness enthusiast and published author. I transformed my body from a skinny fat 135lbs with 18% body fat to a solid 192lbs at 8% body fat. I became qualified in a field I was passionate about. I founded several online businesses that allow me to pursue ideas and projects in my life that I am passionate about without having to constantly worry about money. I published several eBooks explaining the training and dieting techniques I used to achieve the body I have today. I learnt a plethora of new information on dieting and fitness by reading and applying what I read, to find out what does work and what doesn’t work, because as I’m sure you’ve noticed the health and fitness industry is full of non-sense claims and BS. I found out what was true and what worked for me and applied that knowledge. And you bet I had fun during the whole process.

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