Image from Inc.com article - The Psychology of Messiness: How Disorder Can Make You More Creative
There has been substantial anecdotal evidence (as well as many studies) to support the claim that clutter causes stress. How many times have you been working on too many projects at once, and had to stop, if only for a few minutes, to restore some order to your desk so you could get your mind out of neutral and think clearly? Well, according to Kathleen Vohs, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota with an extensive psychology background, we’ve had it all wrong–messiness and clutter at work apparently can increase creativity.
A writer from Inc. magazine contacted NAPO HQ earlier this week to get our take on this controversial concept, and our own Kate Brown took the study to task and explains in the resulting article, “The Psychology of Messiness: How Disorder Can Make You More Creative,” how professional organizers and productivity specialists recommend appropriate solutions to achieve each client’s vision, and that job responsibilities often impact organizing needs as much as personal preference.
What do you think–does a cluttered work environment increase or decrease creativity? Tell us about it in the comments!