We all know the feeling of being overwhelmed, busy, stressed and confronted with too many different tasks to handle. When you’re in a good state of mind, you know how to multitask, set priorities and be efficient. On the other hand, when you’re in an unresourceful state you find yourself struggling with your private and professional projects.
One element we all underestimate when it comes to organizing your thoughts is the organization in your house and desk. It might seem like effort, but the rewards in terms of focus and concentration are invaluable.
How many things are laying on your desk?
Only your current project (3 papers tops) should lay in front of you. Kick everything else off your desk, otherwise your unconscious will not be able to focus on one single project. Whatever else is on your desk clouds your focus, easily distracts you to worry about cleaning up and increases your stress level. Clean it up, and kick it off. It’s ok to have one stack of material on the floor as long as you pick it up and put it in an organized place later.
How many windows are open on your computer?
Close anything different than what you’re currently working at. Close your chat windows, your email account, your Facebook page and any other open programs. You will notice your focus increasing immediately.
How organized is your house?
I’m guilty of it myself - I don’t like to concentrate too much on having an extremely clean house but to be honest: nothing feels better. When your coffee table is clean, your kitchen’s countertop are wiped off and nothing is laying on the floor or on the couch - you feel liberated, organized and focused. The best way to feel productive in the morning is walking into a clean living room. As much as I dread the spring clean, once it’s done my productivity rate goes up 50% easy.
Make sure you have a clean desk to create a focused mind. Make a little time to clean your house so you wake up and walk into an organized space. When you start your computer up, focus on one window you’re working on. Sometimes I even turn off my internet in order to not be distracted by chatwindows or emailnotifications. Try it and you will feel liberated and energized for your projects. Keep yourself from regularly checking your emails, instead give yourself 2-3 hourse of singleminded concentration. The way you would concentrate when you loose yourself in a good movie, you should be able to concentrate on a project. Reward yourself with little breaks in order to make the concentration easier!