WHY YOU NEED A MESSY DESK

According to leading experts, a cluttered working environment is a sure-sign of a cluttered mind. It is a productivity nightmare because whatever your looking for at the moment never seems to be there when you need it, and everything behaves like they are covered in grease.

At this perfect moment, Einstein comes to the rescue! This was the answer he gave when asked about his famously messy desk, word for word. Thats right, from the man himself. While clean, minimalistic workspaces are all the rage now, we might actually be doing ourselves a huge favour by being lazy once in a while, even if it’s just an excuse to clean up after ourselves a little less often. Einstein is just one person you say? Looks like we need ourselves a little more proof:

The key is to strike a balance between einstein’s secret formula to success and being able to actually find things on my desk.  FYI, the featured image is how my desk looks like as I’m writing this post; looks like i still have a long way to go! All of us, either consciously or not, have created a truly unique and dynamic workspace, it always has just the right amount of clutter, yet, when you search hard enough, things would hardly go missing for long. It also changes from season to season, on no two days will your desk look exactly the same, so everytime you come back the next day, it never ceases to surprise you. That can hardly be a bad thing.

It turns out, science can back this up. In a recent study done by Psychologist Kathleen Vohs, from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, one experiment was particular eye opening. Two rooms were set up, one tidy and the other messy. Subjects were randomly chosen to enter the two different rooms and asked to come up with as many possible uses of a ping pong ball within a fixed time limit. You heard me right, PING PONG BALLS. They found that subjects in the tidy room came up with almost identical numbers of interesting uses for ping pong balls, but the people in the messy room were much more creative and perhaps diabolical in their uses.

If you ever find yourself in need of a little creativity boost, why not suppress that little OCD devil within us, and just let nature take its course.  The best were messy, the science checks out and like all those who created fantastic workspaces by their own hand, you never know if you never try right? Who knows, you might just be the next big thing.……

AROMATIC DIFFUSERS: MORE THAN A COOL NAME

Hello deskers! Recently there’s been a new addition to my desk, i came across it at an electronics store and i have to say if nothing, this gadget looks great. This nifty little gadget  spews out a constant stream of ionised water droplets and comes in a million different LED colours, since then, my workspace became a little more colourful.

Not many have heard of an aromatic diffuser before, and that includes me. The one i got takes the shape of a tall glowing cylinder, about the size of your average beer glass. Doing a little bit of research online, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is an indispensable tool used in aromatherapy. When used together with essential oils, it works wonders when helping me feel relaxed and adds a new dimension of sensory experiences while i’m at my workstation.

How it works

The operation of this insanely cool looking desktop device is dead simple, even a hamster could operate it without a hitch! You simply lift up the top cover, pour about half a glass of water followed by a few drops an essential oil of your choosing(my favourite is lavender, but literally a ton of other scents are available), close the top again and the diffuser is primed and ready to go. The mood lights really completes the vapour spewing look, it comes in five different colours. While five is definitely not a lot to choose from, it adds an interesting touch to my desk.

Even though it doesn’t necessarily make me healthier from a scientific standpoint, the feel good factor and cool aesthetic value it adds to your workspace far justifies the $80 i dropped on this little guy, plus a small bottle of lavender oil for $5. My only gripe is that i have to put a few drops into the diffuser every hour or so. Maybe I’m just lazy, but i guess it forces me to take a small breather every now and then!……