'How Dirty It Is Under Your Bed Is Your Business, Not Anyone Else's'

Wise words from novelist Margaret Atwood. An uncluttered space can help with creativity, but tidying up is also a notable form of procrastination. You can't do everything; to achieve your goals, you need to make choices.

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Atwood's advice is directed at aspiring novelists ("If you have a job in the daytime, you write at night. It's all a question of how much you want to do it. You don't want to do it, then throw it out the window. Make your choice."), but the advice applies to any big project. Something always have to give. Dust under the bed is the least of your worries.

Margaret Atwood: 'I have a big following among the biogeeks. "Finally! Someone understands us!"' [The Guardian]


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