A Messy Workspace May Take a Toll on Your Productivity

Jordan Mendiola

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A messy workspace may be the reason you can’t write that first line, get started on that project, or allow you to get anything productive accomplished. 

As someone who has been extremely disorganized and incredibly organized, I’ve seen that a clean workspace serves me more beneficially. 

Sometimes, clutter serves as inspiration, but I’d rather not put it that way. A neat environment around you allows you to focus on one task at a time and get more accomplished in a shorter amount of time.

There are both pros and cons of having a clean workspace:

Pros of having a clean workspace:

  • You’re able to sit down and focus on exactly what you need to get done.
  • You minimize your distractions such as pens and papers everywhere.
  • You feel more organized and more open-minded because of the clean space.
  • You’re proud of the environment you set forth for yourself and take pride in the way you do things.
  • You don’t have to worry about stepping over things or taking a long time to find something you need.
  • There’s a lot more room for you to be creative and take full advantage of all the space you have. 

Cons of a clean workspace:

  • You may look around for inspiration, but there isn’t anything there.
  • You might feel like it’s too clean, similar to being in a doctor’s office and just feeling really plain.
  • Some people like a messy workspace because it enhances their creativity.
  • It feels less unique because it’s like you’re renting out space and fewer things make it feel a bit dull.

Final Thought

There are far more pros to having a clean workspace than not. Anyone who justifies a messy workspace has a very unique approach to productivity, but I’m not here to judge.

In my situation, I know that the clearer my space is, the better I’m able to focus on the task at hand. Everyone is different and has their own way of maximizing their potential, you just have to discover yours.

If you are currently in a rut with your productivity, it’s a good idea to tidy up, sell a few things, and make more space. It will pay off in the long run. 

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com

Chicago, IL

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