The small cues: Strategies at work
one of the environmental factors that influence our behavior and our performance is orderliness. Most of us agree that it is more pleasant to work in an organized, next room. an organized workspace also saves time since it is easier to find things. But what you may not know is that orderliness is also related to our self-regulation and self-control.
Studies have found that sitting in a disorganized room increases the tendency to yield to temptation. People who sat in a disorderly room were more impulsive and were willing to spend more money on various items, some of them quite expensive, such as a high-end speaker or a ski vacation. Other studies show that compared to those who sat in a disorganized room, people who sat in an organized room made healthier food choices, such as an apple, rather than the less healthy, but probably more tempting, chocolate cake. People who sat in a neat room were found to donate considerably more than those who sat in an untidy room. In other words, they were more willing to do the right thing.
A disorganized room also influences our performance at work, in both negative and positive ways... read more