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Can a Messy Desk Make You More Creative?

Messy Desk

New research finds working in a disorderly environment can lead to greater creativity—but that clutter isn’t without its downsides.

"Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights...Being creative is aided by breaking away from tradition, order and convention,” Vohs and her colleagues conclude, “and a disorderly environment seems to help people do just that...people in a neat environment tend to act in more generous and thoughtful ways. "