Declutter Your Desk…And Mental Health

You might know the feelings of stress and anxiety that a cluttered or messy workspace can bring. There’s even a similarity between having a cluttered mind and a cluttered desk, and neither is helpful for you!

But why is this so? The Journal of Neuroscience reports that our visual cortex can actually become overloaded when we look at too many things at once. This overload then interferes with our brain’s ability to process information effectively. This can lead to feeling overwhelmed, distracted, and cause a loss of productivity.

Lack of organization not only affects employees but it can also negatively affect a company’s bottom line. US businesses lose roughly $300 billion annually from workplace stress according to The American Institute of Stress.

Working to overcome clutter should be a focus in the New Year for a number of reasons but one of the most important to mental health is getting the job done on time. Dr. Eva Selhub, M.D tells us, “When you’re organized at work, you’re more productive and efficient, which means you’re able to finish at a reasonable time and go home.”

Organization should be easy but oftentimes it can be the last thing you feel able to do well while at work. FSIoffice would like to make it a little easier for you to get organized this month with several of our favorite organizational products.

Fellowes Step File OrganizerFellowes Step File Organizer

This simple organizing file and folder holder can drastically decrease the clutter of loose papers and folders hanging around your desk. Grab your folders and go with ease while storing this product neatly in the corner of your desk, out of the way.

Business Source Rotary Mesh Organizer

Business Source Mesh OrganizerDon’t sweat the small stuff even though that’s often the most annoying to deal with on your desktop. That’s why Business Source created their mesh organizer!  This low-profile organizer holds all of your pens, paper clips, staples, and more. At just six and a half inches tall and wide, you can confidently place it anywhere on your desktop to ensure your small stuff stays put.

3M Post-It Notes Kit Desk Organizer

Lastly, we have the beloved 3M Post-It Notes Kit Desk Organizer. One FSIoffice reviewer3M Post-It Organizer writes, “It’s the perfect product for your office. You can have it on your table, so everything is available and ordered. It’s also not too big, so it doesn’t take away space from your place.” Complete with seven compartments, this must-have weighted desk organizer also comes with Post-It Notes, Post-It Flags, and Scotch Tape. You can get organized and make a difference in your workday. The challenge is just getting started!

Resolve to take a stand against the detrimental effects of having an excessively cluttered desk and workspace, and do what you can to increase your daily focus and workability. Take care of your brain in simple ways and remain healthy.

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