The Maximalist Workspace
Minimalism may be a hallmark of productivity culture, but few of us have the option of working in a vacuum. Forget stripping back to the bare essentials and collect the kind of clutter that can raise your performance. Start with a few of the following
01/ PAPER CHASE
Pilers beat filers, who put information out of sight and mind before processing it, says Tim Harford, author of Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives. Piles also tend to self-organise: what you use most will end up closest to hand. Just file bottom dwellers in the bin.
02/ STARK DIFFERENCE
An excess of ‘stuff’ might swamp your attention – but emptiness deactivates it. Eric Abrahamson, co-author of A Perfect Mess, says that placing disparate items side by side – a plant, a stress ball and a coffee cup, say – helps your brain form new associations.
03/ PERSONAL AFFECTS
A study by the University of Essex reports employees who are permitted to decorate their stations with photos are, on average, 17 per cent more productive than their spartan peers. The increased comfort promotes happiness, motivation and, eventually, you.
04/ POST-IT HASTE
Shrinking your to-do list to a more realistic size, the movable Post-it can help you group related tasks or ideas, while a Harvard Business Review study claims people find Post-it prompts more persuasive than emails. Plus, you won’t get sucked into your phone.