10/24/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

5 Ways To Create A More Productive Workspace

The space you work in is important.

It doesn't matter if it's your living room, a six-foot-square cubicle, or a corner office-suite; the space you work in makes a massive difference to the work you're doing. It can affect the creativity and quality of your work, and it can even affect the time it takes you to do it. We've all had days where we can't string two thoughts together coherently, and can't figure out why.

Well, it's highly possible that the workspace you've carved out for yourself is a contributing factor. Check out this list and see if you can't turn your place of work into a more productive environment...

1: Tidy up.

There's an old saying - which you've doubtless seen on fridge-magnets the world over - that dull people have tidy houses. Maybe that's true, but tidy people get the last laugh here. If you're a naturally messy person, you're probably less productive than your tidy colleagues.

Think of the times you've searched frantically through a totally un-ordered pile of papers looking for a particular document. Think of the times you've needed to email something out, only to find that it's lost somewhere in the depths of your hard drive. Had you been a natural tidy-freak, you'd have found what you needed within seconds, and your task would have been completed much faster.

Tidiness doesn't just add speed. It also removes some of the small stresses that come with having a job to do. You may not realise it, but the mess all over your desk is distracting the heck out of you every time you look away from your computer screen.

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