Clutter [ kluht-er ]
verb (used with object)
to fill or litter with things in a disorderly manner:
All kinds of papers cluttered the top of his desk.
a disorderly heap or assemblage; litter:
It’s impossible to find anything in all this clutter.
a state or condition of confusion.
I don't know if you were affected or not, but the clutter / declutter phenomenon seems to be everywhere at the moment. It seems that once you stay in one place for too long, each object that doesn't sit straight can subconsciously iritate you, especially if you are surrounded by a lot of things.
I was recently reading a book, by Zoe McKey, The Art of Minimalismin which the contemporary author talks about her family in Romania and about the general habit, that most of the people have, which is to gather various things( some useful, some not ).In her book, she is presenting a few methods to get rid of the clutter, methods like Konmari or Wabi Sabi, but also tips on how to adopt the Scandinavian Hygge style.
What is interesting, however, is that this topic exploded last year, during the pandemic, and I think it will most likely continue as long as people will continue to spend most of their time at home.
Minimalism has become a real lifestyle for some people, who have resorted to this method, by choosing to live simpler, just to avoid the stress and anxiety which could be caused by a house full of things scattered everywhere. And now, I think it has become more popular because sitting in the house for so long, willingly or unwillingly, if you have too many objects around you, clutter makes you unable to focus on what you're working on. Don't think that it's your fault as an individual, it's just the way the brain responds to certain stimuli.
Steven Schuster explains in his book, Keystone Habits, that our attention works non-stop, even when we say we can't pay attention to something. The inability to focus on that specific something is due to the fact that we were distracted and our attention is focused on something else (another stimulus). And, in this case, the stimuli are many .. the phone that vibrates nonstop, people who are looking for you and want something from you or social media, which once you start it is hard to it can be difficult to stop, and so on. Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok are designed in such a way as to capture your attention by constantly bombarding you with stimuli: endless feed, video after video, news with more and more outrageous headlines, which is actually similar to a black hole where you can waste hours in a row.
As a result, if you want to be able to stay focused on what you need to do, it would be good for your workspace to be as clean and tidy as possible, so that you don't have things around you that can distract you. I remember that even in college, during the exam periods, I couldn't start studying until my desk was clean, with no distractions whatsoever.
During this "declutter" session, you must take into account also the digital distractions. If you can not keep the phone aside, on another table, at least try to turn off the notifications. You do not have to respond instantly to any message you receive, you can take breaks at certain time intervals, which you set in advance, in which you can get up from the office, move a little, take some deep breaths of fresh air, during which time you can reply to your incoming messages.
Take a break
The breaks also have their importance because, inevitably, even if we are determined to stay focused on a certain topic, after a while, the level of concentration decreases and we wake up remembering all sorts of events or we end up thinking about what could happen if… That is the moment in which The Monkey Mind wakes up, which often creates imaginary scenarios or various debates in our mind. That is the moment in which you should know that it's the perfect time to take a break and go out, take a deep breath, disconnect, because you do not need that negative energy.
But let's go back to the tidying up and discipline part,on Netflix you can find two interesting shows: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and Get Organized with The Home Edit, full of tips and tricks, but if you're not a fan of Netflix / Reality show, you can also find their books (plus many other books on this topic, both in digital format or hardcopy - just google it):