6 Ways How Clutter Affects Your Concentration

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Whether it’s your home or office, clutter not only affects the appearance but also your ability to work efficiently and relax fully. The effects of clutter are far more reaching than not being able to find what you need; clutter can actually affect your physical, mental, and emotional health, reducing overall concentration and productivity.

Contrary to some beliefs, clutter is not always a result of laziness or even disorganization. For some people, clutter is the result of sentimentality, a need for control, or anxiety regarding the future. These are the people who cling to items due to an emotional connection or for fear that they may need it in the future.

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Clutter over the desk, makes a person sad & stressed out.

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Here are six ways that clutter affects your ability to concentrate.

1. Meaningless Multi-tasking

Many people who collect clutter tend to have “organized” piles. They are often working on many different projects at a time. The problem with this approach is that rarely is any task ever completed. Their attention is divided in so many directions that they can’t truly focus on any one job from start to finish. Typically, while in the midst of working on one project, these people get distracted by the demands of another task, leaving the original in an unfinished state.

2. Procrastination leading to Lack of Motivation

As the victims of clutter become overwhelmed, they begin to put off tasks, planning in earnest to accomplish them later, but becoming distracted by seemingly more urgent tasks. As the pile grows, their motivation wanes under the amount of all that must eventually be completed.

3. Avoidance of the Cluttered Area

An area filled with clutter does not make for a relaxing environment. Those who are enslaved to clutter will eventually begin to avoid the cluttered spots, as those areas evoke feelings of guilt at not having accomplished more or frustration at not being able to carry a task through to completion. This is particularly problematic when the area of clutter is a workspace or office containing tasks that eventually must be completed.

These people are more likely to miss deadlines due to neglect, disorganization, or procrastination. Avoiding the cluttered areas eventually becomes a cycle in which the workload is so overwhelming that it is never dealt with; as it increases, it becomes even more overwhelming.

4. Stress and Physical Ailments

The feeling of being overwhelmed is one that causes increasing amounts of stress. This stress eventually takes a toll on mental and emotional health, which inevitably leads to decreased immunity and increased sicknesses. The first signs are fatigue, headaches, and cold-like symptoms. These physical ailments further decrease the motivation and ability to tackle the piles of clutter, thus the clutter grows.

5. Cluttered areas lead to Cluttered Minds

As workspaces and living areas become cluttered, the mind fills with ideas, plans, tasks, and locations. Trying to keep mental files organized is just as exhausting as organizing paper files. The more cluttered the mind becomes, the harder it is to relax and enjoy life. Not only does task concentration decrease, but also the ability to concentrate on relationships suffers as well.

6. Decreased Mental Functioning

Immense clutter can actually contribute to symptoms such as short-term memory loss, lack of focus, declining concentration, and reduced attentiveness.

If you are plagued by clutter, do not despair. Taking simple steps each day can help you conquer & throw out clutter and regain your concentration.

Steps to fight and conquer Clutter

  • First, start small. Begin in one room, closet, drawer, or area and work until that space is completed. Don’t try to multi-task. Sort through the clutter, placing it in three separate piles. One pile is for trash to be thrown out, another pile is for items to be donated, and the third pile is for things to keep and store.
  • Next, invest in some organizational tools, such as baskets, shelves, and sorters. Using your third pile, designate what items will go where and stick to your plan. If the task seems overwhelming, enlist the help of a friend.
  • As you complete each room, make a plan to do a regular room sweep and get rid of or find places for any new items.
  • Remember that getting organized takes time. Be patient with yourself, and don’t forget to take time to enjoy the results of your labor.

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So, according to you which other ways does clutter affect your concentration ??

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  1. #

    It’s very true – you cannot concentrate on important matters when your desk is cluttered, your head is full of stuff – It’s so much easier to walk out and close the door!

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    Great points on this post James. Clutter indeed affects our mind and the way it works thus affecting our concentration in the long run. And because it affects our mind, it affects our entire body and compromising our health. Clutter is in no way good especially in business which requires less distraction, more focus and concentration.

    Excellent write up. Keep it up. :)

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    Well done George. I know my desk gets pretty cluttered and when it does get that cluttered it does distract me from what I’m doing. I know I should clean it up and when I do I find bills that should have been paid. It’s a shame really because with a little bit of effort it would never get that way.

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    I lack motivation to act when it comes to responsibilities and leave things for the next day? what you think I should do? Thanks a lot ahead.

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    Immense clutter can actually contribute to symptoms such as short-term memory loss, lack of focus, declining concentration, and reduced attentiveness. Thanks James for nice post.

  6. #

    In a small town a mass murder like that of the Clutters would be considered extremely unusual and so would be the main topic for everyone to discuss.They would probably experience less of an emotional impact because it would be unlikely that they knew the victims at all.

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    I think the best way to look at it is a practical example. Let’s say that you have a BIG box and we put 100 ping pong balls in the box. Now we shake the box and observe how often the balls collide.

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    I don’t know its concentration so I have to read off the concentration in the graph. But how can I do this when I am using excel?

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    Hello Mani,Thanks for providing us these wonderful tips

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