The Blessing of a Little Disorganization

There was an article in the New York Times recently that argues:

Studies are piling up that show that messy desks are the vivid signatures of people with creative, limber minds (who reap higher salaries than those with neat “office landscapes”) and that messy closet owners are probably better parents and nicer and cooler than their tidier counterparts. It’s a movement that confirms what you have known, deep down, all along: really neat people are not avatars of the good life; they are humorless and inflexible prigs, and have way too much time on their hands.

I like that, or maybe I should say that my messy side likes that. While responsibility and accountability are good things, being too concerned with neatness and organization is counterproductive to getting things done. Like everything else in life I believe there is a balance between order and disorder (by which I mean a bit of randomness) that allows creativity. It has worked that way for me. What about you?

Hat Tip: A Small Faith

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