Procurement 13 April 2017

We’re wrong about a cluttered desk being unproductive

A keyboard covered in expense forms is probably unhelpful
Writing for Yell Business, working space consultant Richard Paul dispels the myth that a cluttered desk inhibits productivity. He asked interior design experts for tips to make more of your clutter.

it’s a popular belief that if you’re sat at a cluttered desk, you’re stunting your own productivity, with the piles of notes, pens and post-its acting as a distraction.

However, it’s now time for owners of cluttered desks around the country to rejoice, as a recent study has debunked the commonly-held notion.

A new survey from Yell Business has shown that most owners from successful, profit-making small businesses in the UK 94 per cent to be exact admitted to also being the owner of an extremely cluttered desk.

With profit being the biggest sign of productivity when it comes to business, it’s safe to say that having a cluttered desk should no longer be a worry, but instead the sign of a busy company.

That’s not to say that there shouldnt be a method to the madness a keyboard covered in expense forms is helping nobody out.

Keep the important items close

Commercial manager at Kit Out My Office, Gareth Jones, said: It comes down to the definition of clutter. As the findings show, many people admit that their desk is cluttered, but that doesnt mean it isnt all necessary to their job.

de-cluttering could mean that you’re moving important items out of arms reach that help you in your daily routine, so if you do de-clutter, make sure it is things that you don’t use regularly.

it’s not clutter if it’s organised clutter

Interiors coach and vlogger, Georgina Burnett, said: mess and clutter can be one of the biggest contributors to procrastination, which in turn tends to stunt productivity.

there isa big difference though between prioritising an immaculate desk and just keeping it tidy enough to get cracking on the task in hand, and find the necessary files or tools.

one of the habits of successful people is that they can see beyond what is in front of them and not be bogged down by the daily chores that distract others.

if you can find a happy medium though, whereby you keep on top of what’s in front of you so that it’s at least an organised chaos, this is likely to make you more effective and also reduce stress levels in the long-term.

Replace the unnecessary with the inspirational

Marketing manager at Hunts Office, Daniel Walsh, added: Eliminate visual clutter & unnecessary items do you really need that hole punch or pen holder?

not only does a messy desk impede on your productivity, it also impacts on your colleague’s perception of you. Embrace a minimalist workspace and reap the benefits. That said, do enrich your workspace with art or a plant to empower your working environment.

Emma Brindley, an interior designer at Redrow Homes, echoed this approach. She offered tips on how to bring some more inspiration and management to the clutter.


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