Why Mess Adds to Stress

Have you been feeling more stressed at work lately? Want to feel more in control?
The remedy may be as simple as de-cluttering your workspace.

Mess Adds to Stress

Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter, in her book ‘High Octane Women: How super achievers can avoid burnout’ believes that messy work spaces can contribute to us feeling anxious, helpless and overwhelmed.

Her reasons are:
Clutter causes our senses to work overtime and draws our attention away from the task at hand.
A messy desk tells us subconsciously that we’ve still got lots of work to do.

THE GOOD NEWS IS: This is one of the easiest causes of stress to solve. Here are her easy clutter fixes:

  1. Create designated spaces for frequently used items.  Try to make these spaces off your desk top.
  2. If you don’t use it, don’t want it, or don’t need it, get rid of it.
  3. When you take something out of its designated space to use it, put it back immediately after you’re finished with it
  4. Create a pending folder. A pending folder helps you clear off your work space while at the same time provides you with a readily accessible folder to centralize and easily locate pending projects.
  5. Don’t let papers pile up. Toss what you don’t need and store what is necessary in its proper place.
  6. De-clutter your workspace before you leave it. It’s normal to pull things out while you’re working, but make a habit of cleaning off your workspace before you go.
My office on a tidy day!

My office on a tidy day!

So that helps you de-clutter your physical workspace. What about your mental workspace!
Sherri’s No 1 tip on mental de-cluttering is to focus on one project at a time without distractions such phones and emails. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you accomplish tasks and nothing beats stress more than the feeling of powering through that ‘to do’ list.

At My Best Friend is a Bag we’re all for helping you stay organised because we know how much you have to cram into a busy working day.  That’s why the interior of our Laptop Tote Bag is just as important as how it looks on the outside.  For example, you can walk calmly to your car knowing your keys are right at your fingertips.

Thanks to Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. and her de-clutter tips.