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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Why Is My Desk Always So Messy?


I suppose I should stop feeling guilty that my desk more often than not is very cluttered-- after all, a little chaos is good for the soul.
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by Herbert Lui at medium.com

Einstein: "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"

Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Mark Twain. What is one thing these three visionaries have in common?

They all had very messy workspaces.

These three game-changers were never ones to follow the crowd, and always enjoyed doing things their own way. We can see this by how unconventionally disorganized their desks are. There was a method to this madness: under the mass of papers, magazines, and various objects, there is a sense of organization only the creator can operate through.

Here are some other creative powerhouses that have messy desks:



Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

Max Levchin, co-founder and former CTO of PayPal

Other notable creatives with astonishingly messy desks include programmer and codebreaker Alan Turing, discoverer of penicillin Alexander Fleming, as well as painter Francis Bacon.

Recently, a study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that people with a messy desk were more prone to creativity and risk taking, while people at cleaner desks tended to follow strict rules and were less likely to try new things or take risks. Dr. Vohs and her co-authors conclude in the study, "Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights."
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The entire post, "Why You Should have a Messy Desk," can be read here.

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