I just took one of those goofy quizzes on Facebook. This one was about the tidiness of my desk. Result? Clean up your act.

That got me thinking (not cleaning). Does a tidy desk make you more productive?

This article from the New York Times, which quoted a study published in Psychological Science, can be summarized in two sentences.

If you need to create, messy is best. If you want to make disciplined choices, be neat.

That might explain my preference for chocolate over more healthy options, and I’m not sure I can maintain a clean desk and still find insight and inspiration.


Messy or neat? Do tell or comment below.

Photo by Christi Barrett (yep, that is my messy desk).