What your workspace says about you

Back in August of 2014, I was interviewed by Annie Epstein, who was writing an article for Real Business, which is a Xerox-sponsored website that provides insight into different aspects of the business world.

She emailed me a note with this request:

“I’m currently working on a piece about analyzing one’s workspace (organized, messy, lots of family photos/knick-knacks, etc), looking at what your workspace says about you, and how to create a productive work environment.”

She later informed me that the article assignment had turned into an infographic, so it would be interesting to see what the results would be. Based on her interview with me and ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) President Linda Samuels, here was the published result on October 27, 2014:

Online infographic

What Your Workspace Says – PDF Version – Xerox via Real Business – Oct 27 2014


I received a humorous tweet shortly after Xerox posted it. Here’s our exchange:

Twitter exchange abt Xerox - What does your workspace say about you












A cluttered environment can be very distracting. But in the end, if your workspace does not cause a safety or fire hazard, and clients don’t have to walk by it, perfection should be the furthest thing from your mind. Focus on building a space that fits your personality and needs, which will in turn create a productive workspace.



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  1. aimee fauci on November 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Very true about the clutter.. if it works for you and does not cause you to fall behind in your job. I sometimes will clean and ‘organize’ my work space and then not know where anything is at.

    • Helene Segura on November 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Howdy, Aimee! Yes, we all have different levels of visual tolerance. Sometimes our attempt to clean actually disorganizes our spaces. We need to organize first, then clean during and after. Happy Friday!

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