I get around.
Wait, let me rephrase that. I get around town a lot.
One more time…I work in a lot of places around Indianapolis. Chain coffeehouses, local joints, client offices, my home office, my back deck. That’s the beauty of having a gig that allows you to setup shop wherever you want.
But I discovered something the other day…I get the most sh*t done when my workspace doesn’t look like sh*t. And maybe that’s obvious to you, but it wasn’t to me.
I was sitting at home one night, knowing I had to work on a big project. And I hated the thought of sitting in my cluttered office working on it, but got stoked about plowing thru it at my kitchen table. But why? The office has plush carpeting, good lighting and a comfortable office chair. The kitchen table sits under an old light on cold hardwoods and includes a stiff wooden seat.
It all came down to the clutter factor. The desk at the time was (and still is) covered with stacks of books, paperwork, pens, folders, etc. The kitchen table didn’t have a thing on it.
Being a Psychology minor in college, these phenomenons fascinate me. I did some digging and came across this Business Insider piece—”Why Having a Messy Desk Can Be A Good Thing.” Huh? Did I just blowup my theory?
The article pointed out a study in Psychological Science that found it’s good to have a messy desk when beginning a project but a clean one at the end. You’re more creative in cluttered spaces, but you finish more projects in more ordered environments.
Ah-ha! And that’s why that night I was looking for a clean space. I wanted to kiss that project goodbye, not get it started.
What do you think? Find the same things in your experiences?