A college professor of mine was known for a phrase he seemed to have coined over the years.
“A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind.”
Those were the famous words addressed to the students of the lecture hall day-in and day-out, without fail. It was like clockwork.
Like many pieces of advice that were given to me during my youth, these words of wisdom simply went in one ear and out the other.
Although I never forgot the phrase itself, it wasn’t until years later that I realized their true meaning and importance. This is what my professor was getting at…
The gist of the overall message is that organization and success go hand-in-hand.
Generally, a person’s environment is a direct reflection of how they are thinking. Extremely systematic and thorough folks tend to have clean desks, while those who don’t usually feel stressed and disoriented.
For this reason, it’s no surprise why clutter impedes productivity, but it’s not just limited to desks. You can apply this concept to virtually everything.
The point is that managing a clean work space, tidy living conditions or any aspect of your life for that matter happens to be a very effective way to improve upon yourself.
Have you ever tried to undergo a task without the knowledge of the available tools at your disposal?
For example, imagine preparing a meal in a dirty kitchen that has pots and pans scattered everywhere, with ingredients that the recipe calls for tucked beneath all the mess.
There’s no doubt you’d spend much more time searching for what you’d need to cook the dish and complete the job, than if you had everything neat and ready to go beforehand.
Tending to your day-to-day tasks and responsibilities is no different!
Simply put, clutter is a hindrance to progress and nothing can get accomplished properly if your surroundings are in complete chaos.
But you can EASILY streamline your productivity by removing the unnecessary clutter from your life.
That’s not to say you should avoid messes altogether. They’re bound to happen; however, the key is to eliminate this accumulated clutter within a reasonable time frame.
Rather than procrastinating and convincing yourself that you’ll get around to cleaning things up later on, if possible, tackle the untidiness pronto to avoid taking on the extra baggage that comes along with it.
It may sound impractical, but keeping organized is an easy-to-do, priceless act that can significantly help you along in your pursuit to become a better version of yourself.
As my professor would say, “a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind” and I encourage you to at least make an effort to apply this concept to your daily routine. After all, what’s the worst that could happen?
Either way, I guarantee that you’ll be impressed with the results you see after doing so.