#ChallengeTheProcess – The great declutter

2 December 2021

By Chrissie Davis

“You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are full of yesterday’s junk.”
Louise Smith

 

Free up your headspace for a productive start to the new year.

With a new year approaching, our thoughts often turn to decluttering our lives and starting afresh and anew. And while we might automatically think about how we can declutter our personal lives, have you ever thought about how adopting a similar approach to your work life might help you, and your colleagues, on your way to achieving your goals in 2022?

Decluttering – whether physically or mentally – can also have a big impact on our work-life wellbeing. With all of this in mind, we thought we’d take five to focus on small things you can introduce in the workplace that will help free up everyone’s headspace to think about the bigger picture this coming year. With employee wellbeing probably also high on your agenda, you might even consider integrating these tips as part of your wellness strategy for 2022.

 

1. Meditate to regenerate

Meditation is proven to help clear the mind, boost productivity and have a positive effect on overall wellbeing. The internet is awash with online tools designed specifically to help busy employees get into the zone. As little as five minutes a day can make a huge difference, so why not think about making mindfulness part of the working day? Giving employees free access to an app and the space in their busy diaries to down tools and focus could have a huge impact on their wellness and productivity in the longer term. Plus, it teaches a new skill they can use outside of the workplace too.

 

2. Out with the old

Did you know there is actually a link between organised workspaces and a more organised mind? And whether your workforce continues to work remotely or is starting to make a return to the office, now is a great time to adopt an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ policy. Getting rid of all those non-essential items and assigning a proper place for everything can help everyone start the new year feeling much more zen-like. And you can make it fun! Why not organise a company-wide tidy-a-thon – something as simple as setting up a dedicated internal comms channel where people can share their tips and pics (with perhaps even a prize awarded for the best-kept desk) can encourage everyone to get involved.

 

3. Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise!

This tip can’t be said enough. The number one way to declutter your mind while at work is to be clear on your daily priorities, be clear on what you ask your colleagues to prioritise, and then stick to focussing on those things. This really can be as simple as getting into a ritual whereby you spend 15 minutes a day setting out goals for you and your team. Research suggests that multitasking reduces productivity by up to 40%. So in a 7.5 hour working day, those 15 minutes spent prioritising stand to give you and everyone you work with three hours back. The maths speaks for itself!

 

You may be thinking to yourself ‘but where do we find the time for these things?’ Remember that your state of mind is deeply connected to the quality of your work. It’s always worth putting aside the long to-do list, taking some deep breaths and really thinking about how you, and your team, can make space for a bit of mental (and physical) tidying. In the longer term, finding ways to keep you and those around you refreshed and focused can only lead to a better, healthier and more productive culture all round.

My to-do-list is mammoth, as it always is… I’ve found clearing my mind with meditation and yoga is a great help. I’ve also just had a huge late spring clean, which the local charity shop was grateful for. More importantly, it will leave the festive break free of overdue personal tasks, giving me more quality family time. And ok, so I’m still working on tip #3, prioritising – but it’s a work in progress!

Perhaps this has got you thinking about wellness at work, and how you can make 2022 your most productive year yet. If so, chat to us – we work with lots of our clients on their wellbeing strategies, and we’re keen to help you deliver yours! So take that deep breath, and give us a call for an informal chat.

Chrissie Davis

Founder and Chartered Secretary

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