Your space is a mess. Then again, it’s your mess. You know where everything is, which makes you feel safe in your surroundings. This gives you a sense of control, but really this is just an illusion. You feel more comfortable because you are able to put things wherever you want, the only problem is slowly but surely you find that this disorganized system starts feeling less and less efficient, and as time goes on the mess becomes more work then the actual work that is needed to be done in this space.
So whether you want to admit it or not, the time comes when you can’t escape that feeling. In this seemingly now (dysfunctional) which used to be your so called, “functional” arrangement you now feel like you have no choice. You cannot get away from the anxiety and chaos. You seem to have trouble pin-pointing why you can’t follow through on tasks or how to focus. Forget about being creative, your energy seems to be all sucked up. While this world may seem very methodical to you, it’s now quite obvious that it’s competing for your attention, and this type of block, not only disturbs your frame of mind, but completely limits your maximum potential to be and do what calls for you.
The question you need to be asking is, how exactly can an organized environment free you from these limitations?
According to the findings of a team of researchers at the Princeton
University Neuroscience Institute in the January Issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, there are 3 key ways in which disorganization can restrict your ability to focus and think clearly:
- Chaotic surroundings inhibit your brains cognitive acuity and ability to process information. In other words, multiple visual stimuli compete for attention by suppressing the processes required to maintain focus view it. In an organized and serene environment, your thoughts are free to process information without distractions.
- Even though you think you may be able to think clearly and do your best work in organized chaos, it still inhibits your ability to focus. Think of a messy space as a small barking dog, constantly fighting for your attention. Your mental resources are scattered among trying to focus on the task in front of you and the annoyance in your background environment. Under these circumstances, you are likely to become frustrated and
unable to do your best work.
- Overexposure to stimulation can spike your stress hormones and fuel feelings of irritability that offset your potential for optimal performance. Harboring these negative feelings can lead to counterproductive tactics that inhibit creativity. By creating a more serene environment, you simultaneously create a space in your mind for meaningful thoughts.
While your disorganized surroundings might provide you with an amount of comfort in your environment, there are ways to unlock potential you may not have otherwise realized. If you are “messy by nature,” perhaps finding a balanced middle ground between your usual tendencies and the urgency to organize your setting might be an ideal solution.