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.___
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."
The entire post, "Why You Should have a Messy Desk," can be read here.