A Clean Desk versus a Messy DeskA Clean Desk versus a Messy Desk

Our home environment sometimes says more about us than we’re aware of or care to reveal. Many scientists and behavior specialists have done a great number of studies in an attempt to pinpoint how, precisely, our environments affect our behavior and vice versa. Generally, studies have shown that a tidier work environment helps us to focus, follow the rules, and make more responsible decisions. But if you’re like us and have a little clutter on your desk, what does that say about you?

A study published last year in the journal Psychological Science detailed just how a messy desk affects our productivity, and the news is surprisingly not bad. Overall, the study found that people asked to do tasks in a very tidy environment were better at taking direction and were more generous. The people with the unruly desks, however, were found to be much more creative and daring than their tidy counterparts.

Where does the difference lie? A professor of Marketing who oversaw this study, Kathleen Vohs, summarized it well when she said “If you have a big assignment for work that involves following the rules and not taking any chances -- accounting, for example -- then having a clean or tidy environment would be really conducive to reaching that goal...But if your assignment is being creative and coming up with something bold and new, then messing up your environment would help you with that."

It stands to reason that an environment devoid of rules and structure might help someone think “outside of the box”. The trick to this, however, is ensuring that one has a good grasp on their own clutter and seeing to it that clutter does not rule you!

If you think your clutter is overstepping it’s bounds, call out Haul-Out to get it removed quickly!

If you’d like to read more about this study, it can be found here: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/clean-desk-messy-desk-benef...