“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.” — Christina Scalise
Welcome to Day 6 of the Mental Focus Challenge! Are you more focused now that you have blocked out negative energy? Remember to stay positive if you want to be more focused!
Take a look at your work area. Is it a mess? Are papers from months ago scattered all over your desk? If you answered “yes,” then today’s challenge is for you! It’s time to declutter your work area.
Clutter has a bigger impact on your brain than you may think. When things are left out on your desk, they compete with your work for your attention. Therefore, your focus is similar to when you’re multitasking: Your senses become overloaded and your stress increases, leading to a decrease in your ability to focus.
Challenge of the Day: Clean Your Work Area
Today’s challenge is to clean your work area. Make sure you dispose of any clutter and organize everything so nothing poses an unwanted distraction. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Get rid of files or documents that you no longer need.
- Organize your tasks with colored index cards and put them on a board.
- Have a binder or filing cabinet for anything you need to store.
- Make sure there’s nothing on your desk except for the task you’re working on.
App of the Day: Wunderlist (iOS)
Want to avoid clutter? Wunderlist can certainly help! Wunderlist is a to-do list app that lets you set due dates and reminders.
There’s a good chance you already have reminders and notes scattered around your desk, and that they’re causing clutter — and creating a distraction. Now, you can set these reminders in your phone and get a notification when you need to remember it. Wunderlist will help you declutter your work area and increase your focus!
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