What’s the clutter quotient in your office? Would you consider it messy, tidy, or somewhere in between?
Even more important, how creative do you need to be in your job? Are innovation and “outside-the-box” thinking rewarded in your work?
A recent New York Times article publicized a fascinating study showing that mess is not always less.
In fact overly tidy offices seem to produce restrictive, conservative thinking, while messy ones inspire creative, groundbreaking activity.
The researchers conclude that “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights.”
Since Feng Shui is all about helping you be the most productive you can be in your given field, it therefore follows that a messy desk does NOT always mean you have bad Feng Shui in your office.
That said, your mess needs to be balanced with the way you feel about it: if you feel overwhelmed or stuck, it’s gone beyond mess and straight on to clutter.
And as you know, clutter IS always Bad Feng Shui because it means your stuff has gotten out of control.
How does a messy desk make you feel? Are you more — or less — creative in your work?