One of my favorite mantras is “Tidy room, tidy mind.”
I’m most productive when my workspace is clean. When it isn’t, I either procrastinate by straightening everything, or I dwell so much on how dirty everything is that I can’t focus.
I’m not the only one who feels this way. An infographic from Davitt Corporate Psychology lists several ways to be more productive at work; one of them is to keep your desk clutter-free. Davitt recommends a system to organize incoming mail and documents so you waste less time looking for what you need (or, in my case, thinking about how I’d rather straighten everything than attempt to conquer writer’s block).
More of the infographic’s recommendations:
Listen to music judiciously. Studies say listening to music decreases productivity when you perform a task that requires focus, but increases concentration when you do a task you perform regularly.