I’m trying to clean up my office and I thought of the above quote from Michael Scott (the Office). Ah… the simple wisdom embedded within incompetence. I love it. It’s something I can relate to.
Recent studies suggest that people with super-clean work areas aren’t much more productive than people with messy desks. The reasoning behind this is pretty common sense: what looks messy to some makes sense to the desk-user. For instnace, I can track down anything on my desk, remembering that it’s under something or holding up a cup of coffee, etc. The second reason, however, that clean desks don’t increase productivity is that these clean folks spend so much time clean-ing that they lose work time. Ha! I think that argument holds water… but what about thee?