Or maybe your desk is piled with papers that need filing, and you waste all kinds of time looking for that one you need? Clutter adds stress and sucks up valuable time. The same situation applies to writing. Unnecessary words and redundancies in a page or paragraph obscure its core meaning and interrupt its flow.
Those in the messy room were more likely to prefer the novel one - a signal that being in a disorderly environment prompts a release from conventionality. Some completed the task in a clean and orderly office, while others did so in an unkempt one where papers were strewn about and office supplies were cluttered.
Afterwards, the participants had the opportunity to donate to charity and were allowed to take a snack of chocolate or an apple on their way out.
Being in a clean room encouraged people to do what was expected of them as they donated more of their own money to charity. They were also more likely to choose the apple over the candy bar. However, messiness had its virtues as well. In an alternative experiment, participants were asked to come up with new uses for ping pong balls.
Overall, participants in the messy room generated the same number of ideas for new uses as their clean-room counterparts. But their ideas were rated as more interesting and creative when evaluated by impartial judges.
Preliminary findings suggest that the tidiness of a webpage predicts the same kind of behaviour. Coupled with the findings published, this is especially intriguing because of their broad relevance.Join the hosts of The Cluttered Desk Podcast—Colin Cox and Andrew Hicks—as they talk literature, film, comic books, politics, critical theory, theology, and anything else that might tickle their fancy.
Why You Should have a Messy Desk Einstein: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a .
Messy desks don't inspire confidence. You won't see the president addressing the nation from a desk cluttered with old coffee cups and piles of unkempt papers anytime soon. "I think a lot of people would be horrified, and I think that's something it's really time to change," Freedman said.
Mar 19, · Having a messy desk makes you 'more creative' Working at a messy desk may actually help you think more creatively, according to a new scientific study.
Sep 16, · Messy desk leads to a cluttered mind. Courtney September 16, · am I honestly believe that a messy desk can only help in certain professions and even then there is a cut off.
Here's a toast to the slob in the office, the gal with so much junk on her desk she can't find her telephone. All that clutter may be part of the reason she is so creative.