The Max­i­mal­ist Workspace

Men's Health (Australia) - - MH Boss -

Min­i­mal­ism may be a hall­mark of pro­duc­tiv­ity cul­ture, but few of us have the op­tion of work­ing in a vac­uum. For­get strip­ping back to the bare es­sen­tials and col­lect the kind of clut­ter that can raise your per­for­mance. Start with a few of the fol­low­ing

01/ PA­PER CHASE

Pil­ers beat fil­ers, who put in­for­ma­tion out of sight and mind be­fore pro­cess­ing it, says Tim Har­ford, au­thor of Messy: The Power of Dis­or­der to Trans­form Our Lives. Piles also tend to self-or­gan­ise: what you use most will end up clos­est to hand. Just file bot­tom dwellers in the bin.

02/ STARK DIF­FER­ENCE

An ex­cess of ‘stuff’ might swamp your at­ten­tion – but empti­ness de­ac­ti­vates it. Eric Abra­ham­son, co-au­thor of A Per­fect Mess, says that plac­ing dis­parate items side by side – a plant, a stress ball and a cof­fee cup, say – helps your brain form new as­so­ci­a­tions.

03/ PER­SONAL AF­FECTS

A study by the Uni­ver­sity of Es­sex re­ports em­ploy­ees who are per­mit­ted to dec­o­rate their sta­tions with pho­tos are, on av­er­age, 17 per cent more pro­duc­tive than their spar­tan peers. The in­creased com­fort pro­motes hap­pi­ness, mo­ti­va­tion and, even­tu­ally, you.

04/ POST-IT HASTE

Shrink­ing your to-do list to a more re­al­is­tic size, the mov­able Post-it can help you group re­lated tasks or ideas, while a Har­vard Busi­ness Re­view study claims peo­ple find Post-it prompts more per­sua­sive than emails. Plus, you won’t get sucked into your phone.

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