From Life Learning Magazine, March/April 2007 – Thank you, Coreena, for sharing!
“When my office gets particularly messy, I just quote the cliche that a messy desk is the sign of a creative mind. Fortunately for me, there is increasing evidence that disorder is, indeed, “the detritus of a creative mind” as columnist Penelope Green wrote in the New York Times late last year. In their book ‘A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder,” Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman show that moderately disorganized people and institutions are frequently “more efficient, more resilient, more creative and in general more effective than highly organized ones.” And probably more successful too. They cite a survey that found that the higher the salary, the messier the person: “Sixty-six percent of Americans making $35,000 or less are self-described ‘neat freaks,” whereas only 11 percent of those earning above $75,000 claim the same.”
Abrahamson and Freedman are at the forefront of what one might call the “anti anti-clutter movement.” They are encouraging people to invite confusion into their lives in order to be more creative and productive both personally and at work. In an article in Inc. magazine, they advise us to “be inconsistent, pile up, blur categories, make noise, bounce around, get distracted.” Sound like any kid you know?”
Doesn’t this scream out at you: “Be more creative, make more money, hire a housekeeper”? It does me.