“If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?”
– Laurence J. Peter –
Do you have a messy desk? I do. Most people do. And if you’re like two out of three people, you feel guilty and ashamed about it, as well as about the lack of neatness and organization in your home, your office, your business, and everywhere else in your life. And other people probably give you grief about it. But are messiness and disorganization really such terrible things? If so, why do people who keep their desks very neat spend an average of 36 percent more time looking for things at work than people who keep a fairly messy desk? I’d rather spend that time on having fun. And yes, I can still find my way around in my mess 🙂
Last week, we had dinner at friend’s place and while she was in the kitchen I found a great book ( A Perfect Mess) in her library. It demonstrates that moderately messy systems use resources more efficiently, spur creativity, yield better solutions and are harder to break than neat ones. Yes! Stop letting the neat-freaks push you around! I found out why a certain amount of messiness and disorganization was already working in my favour, but I lacked evidence (sometimes) to proof it to others.
If you look at the money and time that goes into organizing, structuring and archiving stuff in companies, I sometimes wonder if all the efforts are really worth it? Do you really need all these applications, filing systems, neatly organised desks? I already told you about the Pile, don’t File-approach and A Perfect Mess gives more insights on how you can take even better advantage of the benefits of disorder. Don’t take my word for it, read the book, get convinced and keep a fairly messy desk, like mine 🙂
Enjoy your mess,