Monday, 28 December 2015

A clean environment and the memory performance

There are some series of studies which will show the link between organisational skills and a better use of our intellect (memory included). A decent, clean, good looking work space is really improving our productivity. As someone said: how you do anything is how you do everything. A survey by retailer OfficeMax of over 1,000 adults finds that 90% of Americans believe clutter has a negative impact on their lives and work. A surprising 77% said clutter damages their productivity, in line with previous studies revealing that executives waste six weeks a year searching for lost items and information. Additionally, more than half of all respondents said disorganization impairs their state of mind and motivation levels, while two out of five people said it hurts their professional image. We can extend this to our entire life, to our bedroom and our house. There are extensive studies about how to "de-clutter your life" and how this will impact you. I will mention only one study, about making your bed first thing in the morning. In a survey of 68,000 people by, 59 percent of people don’t make their beds. 27 percent do, while 12 percent pay a housekeeper to make it for them. Here’s what disturbed me: 71 percent of bed makers consider themselves happy; while 62 percent of non-bed-makers admit to being unhappy. Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well rested, whereas non-bed-makers hate their jobs, rent apartments, avoid the gym, and wake up tired. All in all, bed makers are happier and more successful than their rumple-sheeted peers. Since these factors show correlation but not causation, this does not mean that non-bed-makers can’t be happy and successful, but the odds are stacked against them. And it makes sense, since an organized environment can positively impact our mental state—and given it only takes 30 seconds, it could lend a small sense of accomplishment at the very start of the day. So maybe I’ll try it. My mom would be proud.

Think about, and simplify you life. On some extent, the outside world will influence your inside world, through some mumbo-jambo validated even by science.

Special added bonus: i use the pre-action technique for few years now, and i find it very effective, especially if you are a bit lazier by nature. What is this, you will ask? Easy like that, remember when you want to not forget to put that envelope in the mail, and you leave it on top of your shoes? That's it. Some special arrangement meant to start some action, or to make you to remember what you want to do. I can leave some stuff on the bed to see when i am back from work, or i will put my headphones in the pocket with a bit of the cable out to remember to listen some of my Japanese lessons. Imagination is your only limit. Use it and you can tell me how this changed your life.

Kind regards.

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