If you’re having a hard to time breaking through a productivity barrier, taking a few minutes to clean your workspace can help clear your mind and rid yourself of distractions.
There’s nothing wrong with having a messy desk—it’s often a sign of creativity—but sometimes having too much clutter in your work area can pull away your focus. Peter Economy at the blog Inc. recommends making some time to tidy up:
Take time out to clean and organize your desk and perhaps redecorate. Sometimes all the clutter, the really dirty keyboard, and dust can be a distraction. It’s amazing how cleaning your desk and making it an organized, beautiful place to work again can boost your productivity. Consider a new chair or adding some plants or a fish in a small bowl.
With a clean work area the only thing left for you to focus on is your work. While you’re at it, have a glass of water, take a walk, and when you get back, you’ll be ready to jump back into your productive stretch.
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