For years, I have re-arranged and cleaned my environment because I not only get bored but I want to free up my mind to produce. The only way I am able to be productive is to change my environment and to declutter.
I remember my friends at work would be like “Rosey are you changing your desk around again?!” and all I could think was that this is the only way to do it. Decluttering frees up your mind to be able to focus. I totally get this and live by this.
When I need to produce, I must change it up. I need to see a clean and clutter-free environment.
Read the entire article or read what i have captured below by Eric Doland.
“Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute published the results of a study they conducted in the January issue of The Journal of Neuroscience that relates directly to uncluttered and organized living. From their report “Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex”:
Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.
Or, to paraphrase in non-neuroscience jargon: When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.
The clutter competes for your attention in the same way a toddler might stand next to you annoyingly repeating, “candy, candy, candy, candy, I want candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy …” Even though you might be able to focus a little, you’re still aware that a screaming toddler is also vying for your attention. The annoyance also wears down your mental resources and you’re more likely to become frustrated.”
Originally posted 2016-06-07 22:48:10.