Confession: I generally have a messy desk. Yet I feel increasingly drawn to tidying it up before I dig into work. (Yes, the photo on my post is my actual desk. And, no, I didn’t clean it before I snapped the picture.)

Maybe that’s because I subconsciously realized what research now indicates – that a messy environment boosts stress and can even encourage procrastination. Who knew that cluttered desk could encourage avoidance behaviors like mindless snacking and web surfing?!

Several years ago, I posted a blog about the relationship between a messy desk and creativity. That may still be true. And if I pay a price for a chaotic work space – more stress and procrastination – I guess it’s time to make neatness a lasting habit.

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