We’ve all heard Albert Einstein’s famous quote about a messy desk (see below). He was getting at the fact that people with clean desks have just that, a clean desk. They aren’t knee deep in work, they don’t have a plethora of projects happening all at once, and they don’t even do any work! The wheels just aren’t turning. At least, it could be seen that way.
The real truth is that different types of desks produce different results.
In a study by University of Minnesota researchers Kathleen D. Vohs, Joseph P. Redden and Ryan Rahinel, they determined that “order and disorder are prevalent in both nature and culture, which suggests that each environment confers advantages for different outcomes.” That quote appeared in their abstract which was titled Physical Order Produces Healthy Choices, Generosity, and Conventionality, Whereas Disorder Produces Creativity.
So basically if you are looking for an organized and healthy work environment then by all means keep your desk in order, but if creativity and a free-spirited workspace is more important, then let the clutter run rampant!
That’s why there are so many successful people with messy desks. You’ll notice this list of famous successful people’s messy desks is full of creative types, innovators and rule breakers.
Are you one of the creatives with a messy desk? Or do you prefer neat and tidy order? Which helps you produce better results? Let us know what your desk looks like in the comments below!