Sunday, July 19, 2015

CLUTTER, CLUTTER, CLUTTER

A couple of things really bug the crap out of me - the top two are hypocrisy and  clutter.

Physical or mental, clutter is debilitating. It literally hurts the brain. Excess stuff in your surroundings negatively impacts your ability to function. Clutter derails attention, focus, organization leading to increased stress and poor performance.

A team of neuroscientists at Princeton University have studied the impact of clutter finding that when your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.

Sound familiar?  

The over consumption of physical and mental stuff reminds me a little of how my computer's processor works. You know how sometimes when you are multi-tasking your computer will slow down. If you check your process manager, it become s clear that you have put too much on the processors plate. The computer splits its power up. The result is a sluggish response. That is not unlike our brains decreased ability to function properly when we over consume information - overwhelming it!

Whether  physical, mental or digital - we collect things even if we never get around to using it. The accumulation of stuff in today's throw away economy, fast paced digital world and family life occurs at an alarming rate. It could be something you purchase because it is a good deal, books you may never get a round to reading or information retained for a future use.

Reducing clutter is a much bigger personal challenge - at least for me.  Clutter shuts me down - when my processor gets too stressed I feel like that blue screen of death or beach ball on my computer screen - my performance is negatively impacted, not to mention my mood.

Clutter is inevitable. The hypocritical part is the you spot it, you got it” dynamic.  I know clutter makes me feel like a fly stuck on fly paper, however changing to limit the amount of clutter in my environment (and in my head) is a daunting challenge. 

The peculiarities of human psychology! 








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