A lot people think that structuring out your workloads will just help boost productivity, and those people are all sorts of wrong. Proper structure in your life can lead to a domino effect that will help you live healthier, happier and more successful than were you not to follow any organization.
So what’s the science behind this? Well, coming home to a laundry list of things to do and messes to clean stops the brain from processing out the Cortisol that you build up from working. Having unfinished projects in your life can lead to stress and the feeling that you’re never truly done with work letting that stress hormone Cortisol to build up and stay in your system making you depressed and miserable and helplessly in a slump.
Planning out your projects and tasks can help make them more manageable which can relieve some stress when you’re not swamped with the unmanaged mess. And doing this will allow you to schedule proper breaks and time off which the human brain desperately needs and often enough is neglected in this way. Getting everything organized lets you have real rest and let those Cortisol levels reduce.
When your Cortisol is reduced, you’ll feel more lively and energetic. This change in brain chemistry helps you make healthier decisions like working out and eating the right thing. A study found that those who worked in a cluttered workplace environment were more likely to choose a chocolate bar for a snack over an apple when compared to those who worked in a neat environment. Meaning that just having more organization around you makes you subconsciously choose the healthier option as you don’t need to resort to comfort foods to get a little boost to your mood.
In the end, getting things organized is the secret to a happier life.