Benjamin Franklin once said: “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”
In any arena in life, time is a precious commodity, but for a rebel entrepreneur this is especially true. Being organized is fundamental to maximising your time, but the process does not have to be difficult. A few simple, organisational habits can make a huge difference to your work and home life. For instance, I have gotten into the habit of keeping my keys in my left pocket. I always know exactly where they are, and in doing this I never have to deal with the chaos of losing them. Similarly, at work, I organise my files in a way that works for me. Everything is dated, labelled clearly and placed accordingly so that I can easily access something without much effort whatsoever. The few seconds it takes to get organised goes a long way. Not only does it save time and eliminate stress, but it ensures that I’m accountable at work and, ultimately, more productive.
Indeed, basic organisational skills work to eliminate stress and help a rebel entrepreneur maximise their time, but the benefits don’t end there. As it turns out, an ergonomic approach to life and business is enriching for your physical and mental health. A study published in Psychological Science found that people eat healthier when their desks are well-organised. Moreover, the National Sleep Foundation found that people who keep their bedrooms well-organised tend to get a more restful night’s sleep than those who do not.
Clutter, on the other hand, can have a negative impact on your well-being. According to the Journal of Neuroscience, clutter overloads the visual cortex and makes it difficult for the brain to process information. Another study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that people who felt like their homes were cluttered were more likely to feel depressed, fatigued and stressed than their more organised counterparts.