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Productivity and a Clean Desk


Robby

Here’s a tip that may sound like a way to avoid being productive: clean up your desk.  I know, cleaning up your desk takes away from the time that you’re supposed to be doing valuable work. But it turns out that efficiency is more than just getting things done; it’s also related to how we perceive ourselves and the people around us.

Try turning the tables for a minute. When you walk into someone else’s workspace and see papers everywhere, what do you think? Is that a sign of creativity or disorganization? To paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut: “If you think my office is a mess, you should see inside my brain.”

I’m not the only one who notes this issue. CNN Columnist Anne Fisher was asked the same question, but had her mind changed. She writes:

Well, personally, I’ve always subscribed to the old maxim, “A clean desk is the sign of an empty mind.” But according to Christine Reiter, a productivity specialist at Corporate Coaching International in Pasadena, Calif., I am wrong, and your friend has a point.
“People often don’t realize that piles of paper, boxes in corners, and stacks of stuff behind the office door can affect one’s upward mobility,” she says. “Appearances are important.

Take the poll below. Or, sound off in the comments. What do you think?

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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