I’m always surprised by how good it feels to clean and de-clutter. I’m also surprised at how easily it is for chaos to take over and clutter everything back up. It’s a constant battle, but one well worth fighting.
I cleaned up my computer’s desktop today and found that I did not need 95% of what I kept. Having that clean desktop in the background directly impacts my productivity positively.
Like my computer desktop, I also like to keep my physical desktop clean. It too translates to better productivity. Without clutter, my mind is less distracted and I’m more easily able to focus on what I’m doing.
My wife on the other hand might argue that a space should have a lot of personality. Unfortunately, with regards to desks, this makes the space vulnerable to clutter and chaos.
When in doubt, keep it simple and clean to avoid inviting chaos.