Guest post by Kenneth McCall
Over the course of history, plenty of landmark scientific breakthroughs and literary masterpieces have resulted from the minds of people with messy desks.
Albert Einstein himself is often cited as inspiration (or justification) by the worst clutter offenders.
Perhaps your favorite college professor worked from amidst towers of books, articles and paperwork, setting an example that you’ve happily followed for years.
Chances are, however, that your professor (and definitely Einstein) didn’t have to deal with all of the distractions today’s professionals fend off on a daily basis.
Stacks of paperwork are one thing, but when they’re compounded by endless emails, Facebook updates, and text messages, it can become increasingly difficult to focus on the task at hand.
That said, some people won’t give up their mess. But deep down inside, if you feel like getting rid of some clutter would help you to be more productive, here’s where to start: