The items you keep on your desk affect your work performance. Experts say that clutter is extremely distracting and can ruin your focus.
Our brains appreciate order, and constant visual reminders from a disorganized space deplete our cognitive resources, decreasing our ability to focus. The visual disturbance of clutter heightens cognitive overload and can lower our working memory. A UCLA study found that when we’re around clutter, our cortisol levels rise, increasing our stress levels due to sensory overload.
We all know that feeling of being busy all the time. You know how it is—no matter whether we have 10 or 10,000 things to do—when your superior or coworker asks for a favor at work, it’s hard to say no (not impossible).
The truth is that most of us have found comfort in being busy. It’s tempting to be the “busiest person” in the office. It feels like success. But here’s the thing: You’ve misunderstood the meaning of SUCCESS. Being more successful at work is also a matter of being productive with your time rather than just being busy.
Does opening your inbox on a weekday morning send you straight to panic mode, before you’ve even had your coffee? Every day it’s the same old story – you open your inbox and it’s full of work messages, news notifications, promotional offers, brand newsletters, personal emails, and more. By the time you’ve handled them, you’ve lost precious focus time that could have been used towards tasks that actually matter.
While email is intended to streamline communication, it sometimes becomes a counter-productive tool when the inbox requires too much time to manage. Many emails are simply unnecessary and constantly distract us from the important tasks we need to get done.
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Guest post from the team at Cogsworth
You have limited time on this earth. Using it wisely means not wasting time on scheduling or in wasteful meetings. Think about these tips:
Summertime is in full swing. You could choose to spend the majority of these warm sunshine-filled days with cocktails by the pool, breezy rooftop hangs, and countless beach trips.
Or – you could make it count and make some serious headway on your goals.
We’re not saying that the summer season should be devoid of any fun – go out and enjoy the sunshine, of course! We are arguing, however, that summer is the perfect time to explore a new challenge, learn a new skill, or work on any goal you’d like to achieve, big or small.
It’s summer, and you’re probably gearing up to take some time off work – including tying up loose ends, putting some final touches on projects, and figuring out the process of delegating. So many factors go into making sure you can actually disconnect, relax, and recharge over your planned vacation.
Once you’ve finally crossed off those last-minute items on your to-do list and are ready to check out of work mode for while, there’s just one last thing you need to do – set your out-of-office message.
So what makes a good automated response that will give you the reassurance you need to keep your work email under control so that you can truly enjoy your holiday?