may be that geniuses can work best in an attic room littered with dirt, but
such a condition shows that they are the exception that proves the rule. The
rest of mankind can work better in attractive surroundings.
our surroundings can largely be selected or altered to suit our needs.
estimate would you place on the working value of your surroundings? In my
workroom at the laboratory here I have curtains, potted flowers, and an
attractive, fresh paint. Window curtains and flowers seem rather out of place
in a laboratory. But the truth of the matter is that they are exceedingly in
place, although they are not common. Whether I am experimenting, writing,
working over data, or conferring with students, the appearance of the room
increases my efficiency.
rooms radiate the spirit and desire for work – others suggest Saturday night
and spring housecleaning.
Dr. Donald Laird, Increasing
Personal Efficiency (1936)