How to Unclutter Your Office & Boost Productivity
"An uncluttered desk leads to an uncluttered mind," as the saying goes. Regardless of how you feel about this theory—the notoriously messy Albert Einstein poked fun at it by asking what an empty desk would signify—survey research indicates that it does make a difference: Fifty-seven percent of Americans say they judge co-workers by how clean or dirty they keep their work spaces, according to an Adecco survey. And nearly half say they've been "appalled" by how messy a colleague's office is, concluding that it conveys laziness. In addition, nine out of 10 Americans believe clutter has a negative effect on their lives and work, and 77 percent say clutter damages their productivity, according to a survey from OfficeMax. All of this indicates that you may want to avoid that "landfill look" for your professional space. To bring some insight into this very common problem, Lifehacker.com has come up with the following 10 surefire ways to bring order to cubicle chaos. Fortunately, none of the steps will require an excessive amount of time or expense.