“Clutter” doesn’t necessarily mean two-week-old takeaways cups and coffee-stained yearly reports. A day characterised by stress, panic and one (avoidable) disaster after another is also a kind of clutter. And a pretty common one at that to be fair. (Guilty!) “A cluttered work life is one in which people chase unrealistically high standards and get stuck in a loop of competing with people around them, which can lead to stress,” says clinical psychologist and corporate trainer Dr Tom Nehmy. “To be efficient at work is to decide when you’re at ‘good enough’ and moving onto the next thing,” explains Nehmy. “Instead of punishing yourself for mistakes, which are unavoidable, be encouraging and accepting of the fact that you’re only human,” Nehmy says. “You can never tick every single box, but when you are prioritised and at ease, you’ll find that zone of peak productivity swiftly.”
The oversized PJs with holes in them? Yeah, those have got to go.