To paraphrase Edna St. Vincent Millay, your candle may be burning at both ends, but it gives a lovelier—and more creative/efficient/prolific—light. "Put two workers with similar skill levels in cities of different densities, and the one in the denser place will be more productive (by 6 to 28 percent)," reported economics correspondent Ryan Avent in his book The Gated City
. He credits the unavoidable rubbing-of-shoulders; the energy that comes from idea-swapping and opportunity-making. All this noisy busy-ness can also make you more creative
—by distracting you just enough to derail one-track thinking, found a study that compared performance in chatty cafés with quiet idylls.