When you need to get your creative juices flowing, it's best if you move away from your regular work spot. In fact, the Buffer blog suggests having a second messy desk just for your creative pursuits.
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The blog post talks about John Cleese's analogy that the creative brain is like a tortoise, which peeks its head out first to check if the environment is conducive and goes back in if it's not. The normal stress associated with your regular workspace isn't ideal for that.
Removing yourself from your normal work environment — ie. your "busy" space — to a free, creative space sends a signal to your brain. And if you do this consistently, your tortoise brain will learn to recognise the place as a safety zone for creative thinking.
A recent study by The University Of Minnesota says disorder leads to more creativity, so Buffer suggests having that second messy desk will be beneficial.