Why a messy desk can make you more productive at work

Tim Harford, economist and author of the book ‘Messy: How To be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World’ believes that productivity at work depends on the way you tidy up your desk.

“There are two strategies: piling up pieces of paper or filing everything away,” he told Business Insider.

“You might think that filers are going to be more productive than pilers, but pilers actually tend to get more done.”

Harford said that some people might file stuff away prematurely because they “feel obliged to tidy up” their desk. “On the other hand, when everything is on the desk it is perfectly comprehensible and in easy reach.”

Produced and filmed by Claudia Romeo. Special thanks by Joe Daunt.

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