Change Your Desk, Change Your Life?

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Jul 30, 2017 · 4 min read

Messy creatives: let’s start with you

Clutter gets a bad rap. But relatively new research from the University of Minnesota affirms the common justification that messiness encourages creativity. Kathleen Vohs, the scientist and professor who spearheaded the study, first noticed that desk tidiness influences outcomes when she moved office buildings during her Ph.D. studies. Vohs suspected that the new environment was influencing her test subjects, and ended up discovering through research that her hypothesis held weight.

Clean your workspace to clean up your diet?

On the flip side, according to Vohs’ research, having a clean deskmight offer some unexpected benefits: namely, a greater likelihood of making healthier food choices. In the same study, researchers asked 34 participants in the clean and messy rooms to fill out a questionnaire. Upon leaving, the participants were offered either a candy bar or an apple. 67 percent of the tidy room participants chose the apple, while only 20 percent of the cluttered room ones did.

The link between organization and stress

In his book The Organized Mind, cognitive psychologist Daniel J. Levitin explores the evolution of the human brain. He examines how we can organize our minds and lives in the age of information overload.

Should you keep your desk tidy or messy?

Rather than curating your desk in one way or another indefinitely, consider simply changing your workspace to see how it influences your experience.


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