Facebook feeds, Instagram feeds, Twitter feeds, LinkedIn feeds. It’s thought that we spend more time on our screens than we do blinking or asleep. Shocking right? With so much incoming information brains don’t process experiences to the full. Clutter isn’t only physical. Overconsumption of digital content can have the same effect on our brains as physical clutter. To-do lists in your head, ringtones every few minutes. Files all over your desktop and multiple messages to read… but later, because you don’t have time now. Control your digital consumption and boost your efficiency. Promote your wellbeing: take control of your own news feed and become a productivity hacker.
Shake off the extra things and you feel lighter. Clutter causes stress that has three biological and neurological effects. It’s to do with the way our brains are wired. Mess affects our cortisol levels, our creativity, our ability to focus and our experience of pain. Objects in our surroundings stimulate our senses. With our brains on overdrive with multitasking, there’s too much going on to process it all at once.
Disorganisation and clutter overloads your senses. It also signals to your brain that your work isn’t done. It makes you feel stressed and even hopeless. You want to sort it out but it can be overwhelming and take over. Clear space in your workspace and provide energy and relief. None of this is new. You’re addressing your physical clutter which is great. But did you know that clutter isn’t only physical? Digital clutter can have similar effects on your brain.
Digital clutter is different from physical clutter. Move 100 digital files from one office to another easily. Move 100 physical folders and you use far more time and energy. Take your three favourite novels on holiday and use most of your hand luggage allowance with these alone. Take your Kindle with 2,000 titles instead and you have room for your duty free purchases too.
It’s true that digital storage is less physically taxing than physical storage. But keep on top of it and you streamline your admin processes even further. You feel better which makes you work better. Save time and free your mind. When your email inbox is clear and your cat photos are organised, you’re proud to share them. You can share them quickly, easily and (in the case of your email inbox) professionally.
Social media notifications, games and news feeds all compete for our attention. Experience regular interruptions and multiple stimuli at once and you don’t have chance to enter creative flow. Oppose chaos: choose one task or one feed and focus on it. See tasks through. Don’t jump from one to another before you’re happy. Take control. Monitor your consumption of digital content. You can only tackle so many things at once. Not urgent? Make a note and leave it. Prioritise.
Your body consists of thousands of integrated and interdependent systems. They’re organised and operate along circadian rhythms. Order is easier for your brain to process. You don’t have to work so hard and have more time and energy for other tasks. Extend this desire for order and tidiness to your office. The desire is there naturally, so don’t ignore it.
Trouble falling asleep and disturbances during sleep? Studies reveal that screen based media consumption and sleep hygiene don’t go hand in hand. Consumption of media content before bed provides psychological stimulation. Not what your psyche needs to help it transition to its sleeping state. And that’s not all. Light from your screen can interrupt circadian rhythms.
Tell your brain when it’s time to go to sleep. Switch off your screen, put your digital device down. Pick up your book, pick up your teddy. Enjoy the scent of fabric conditioner on your sheets. Turn off the lights. Breathe in your lavender eye mask. Recharge your batteries and wake up refreshed and ready for all that today has in store for you.
Overconsumption of digital content can have the same effect on your brain as physical clutter. In the fast paced digital age that we live in, finding information is no longer a skill. But filtering information and ideas is. There’s potential for the digital age to intrude too far into our lives and psyche. But it is also an innovative bridge that connects us with like minded individuals and a vast expanse of knowledge and opportunity.
Enter the concept of productivity hacking. Prioritise, organise and galvanise. Tidy your ideas and information to make you feel good. Restrict your exposure to negative news and feel better. Become a productivity hacker. It’s an individual process, it’s Uncommon. But join your manager and your coworkers and implement it in your workspace.
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