When our working environment is cluttered, our minds are cluttered.
I generally consider this statement true, but wondered what you think. Do you require a clean workspace in order to have clear thought processes?
Pieces of the productivity puzzle.
My space is always somewhat cluttered because I don’t have much of it. Seeking a storage solution so see if that kicks me into high gear. It would help to be more organized because sometimes I can’t find things.
Dean Johnson says
Some people yes, some people no. It’s kind of like a visual version of the acoustics of an office. Some people like music (aka “audio clutter”), some people don’t. An uncluttered environment may be considered “sterile” by some and counter-productive.
Personally I go both ways, at different times. I drift along with entropy, happily working away, until something clicks in my head requiring a cleansing of my environment. I then derive good juju from the suddenly uncluttered environment and have elbow room to work. I am currently on a bender to reduce the noise level in my home office. That process has claimed the lives of atleast two machines in my rack, and is likely to claim another, which will move into the laundry room. This process also cuts my power bill, as I have replaced a 50w firewall machine with a 6w netgear wireless router.
Matthew Cornell says
No surprise here: I buy it! But how would we test it? Do you have a twin, Mark? ;-)
If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, then an empty desk is…. :)
Lately I’ve become more and more preocupied (obsessed) with the removal of clutter.
I’ve gone from having 3 computers to owning just a laptop. I’ve removed cable clutter, books from the bookshelves.
I have nothing except what I’m currently using and I’m still not fully satisfied :)
Yes. If the workspace isn’t clear, I have another excuse to procrastinate.
Ray Fowler says
I think it depends on the individual’s personality. For some reason I am blissfully unaware of my external surroundings, so it doesn’t seem to affect me as much. By the way, here are some great messy desk pictures of Al Gore and philosopher Quentin Smith:
A Messy Desk is the Sign of an Orderly Mind
Keith Dorset says
I have had a crush of business the last 6 mo. and my desk and home office surroundings have become very cluttered. Never enough time to clear anything, much less the junk that keeps arriving. Even my to-do lists get buried. I find it harder and harder to get things done as the office and consequently my mind become more cluttered. A reminder of the hundreds of things that want attention and cause a sort of paralysis.