The Science Behind Less Clutter, Better Productivity

When it comes to productivity, most people like to say ‘to each their own’. Some people work better surrounded by clutter, but for the majority, they are more efficient when things are where they should be.

The reason behind this is because when everything is in place (you know where things are and where they go), your actions are more streamlined. Science has the facts to back this up, and if you’re still looking for a push to work with us, this is probably it.

Clutter and Productivity

A 2011 study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute discussed the relationship between clutter and a person’s ability to concentrate and process information. Results suggest that an unorganized space, whether in the home or office, makes it difficult for one to focus on a task.

It said that “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.”

In English, when you work in a space with a lot of clutter, the chaos affects your ability to focus. Even if you can finish the work, it will likely take you more time because there are a lot of distractions present.

The mess also limits your ability to process information. Because of the many stimuli in the environment, you’ll have a tendency to look at more than one thing at once, which means more items to process.

More Stimuli, More Distractions

The disorganization of the environment competes for your attention in the same way babies do when they cry. Even though you may be able to pay attention to your work a little, you’re still aware that a crying toddler is also calling your attention. The annoyance wears down your mental processes, making you more likely to become frustrated.

The research used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans and other equipment to study the brain’s responses to organized and disorganized stimuli, as well as to monitor performance on certain tasks.

The results were convincing—if you want to concentrate on a task, do it to the best of your ability, and process information more quickly, you need to get organized and get rid of the clutter. The research suggests doing so will lead to a less irritable, more productive, and less distracted you.

So, what are you still waiting for? Get in touch with us now and let’s get organized. We’ll be glad to help with any of your storage solution needs.