One of the main mantras that I live by is “a clean desk leads to a clean mind”.
Why? A cluttered workspace decorated with old coffee cups and papers that need recycling is symbolic of more than just being disorganized. Lack of organization in your physical space is often the manifestation of a deeper need to stay on task.
How does one learn to be organized? In recent years many successful tech and business leaders have been preaching about the ineffective nature that post-secondary education has on your long term professional development, especially for entrepreneurs. However, I would argue that our schooling system actually helps cultivate a foundation of organizational skills for students who are taught how to balance multiple courses at once.
It is proven that in order to excel in both school and any future professions, you must be able to effectively manage projects, and if you’re not equipped with organizational tools, you may fall behind in your career. That’s why I start each and every workday with something as simple as a tidy desk.
Because when my surroundings are in order, I can think more clearly and prioritize for what lies ahead. And I’m a neat freak.
So stay in school kids!