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Why Messy People Get More Done

The Wild Jungle

While a garden is all neat and organized, a wild jungle has its unique creative beauty.

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Why Messy People Get More Done

Why Messy People Get More Done

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Being Messy Works

While most of us strive towards neatness, being super organized and tidy isn’t always possible. Being unorganized and messy, on the other hand, comes easy to most. 

Studies are pointing out a link towards being messy and being creative, with chaos and clutter fostering new connections and creative insights.

Clutter: Catalyst To Creativity

Being in a mess is akin to breaking free of rules, norms and expectations, and the unkemptness lends itself to the flowing of mind’s juices. Keeping things tidy and cleaning up all the time can also hamper productivity by being a form of procrastination.

A mess can be looked upon as a wildness, a certain freedom of the mind.

The Wild Jungle

While a garden is all neat and organized, a wild jungle has its unique creative beauty.

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Clutter increases stress

"Cleanliness is next to godliness," theologian John Wesley said in a sermon.

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A mess is a mark of creativity
  • Lawrence J. Peter famously asked, "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"
  • Albert Einstein had a messy desk, so did innovative thinkers, such as Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs.
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Your divided attention

Many people are not good at processing clutter. It can become overwhelming and make our brains do more work to complete tasks.

The more stimuli we receive, the more the brain has to filter out the necessary. When you remove the competing objects, focusing becomes much easier, and productivity increases. Clutter can cause our bodies to release cortisol, the stress hormone. Long-term exposure to clutter can result in chronic stress.

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Organize your workspace
Organize your workspace
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  • Create a dedicated space for the incoming things.
  • Keep personal items to a minimum.

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  • Yellow: The sunny shade stimulates creativity.
  • Purple: Stimulates problem solving abilities.
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1. Rewrite It

Spend 5 minutes each morning preparing your task list to have only accomplishable tasks that fit the time you have available. Keep other tasks on a holding list for another day.

2. Be Laser Focused

Set a timer for 15 minutes, shut out the world and concentrate with intense focus on one and only one task. Closing your door and turning off your phone and internet are specially important.

3. Let Go Of Tasks

Recognize that not everything in your list must be done. When in doubt, delete it from your list; if it is important you’ll eventually add it back.

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Your Desk
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The organized workspace

The general condition of your living environment affects your personal productivity.

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  • Organize your desk accessories: everything from your stationeries, laptop, files, and trays.
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What ideas are

An idea is a connection between two concepts.

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Look for surprisingly successful things. Look for the things that look out-of-place in the area that you've chosen, but are performing above expectations.

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Feeling lazy

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You form your identity

You make messiness and procrastination part of your identity when you don't want to do something you have to do and use the excuse that it is just "who you are." 

For example, you want to clean up after yourself, but you also don’t want to clean up, and then think, "This is me. Yes, I’m a lazy, procrastinating mess.” 

Conflicted about your choices

As long as you're conflicted about your preferences and the ways you've chosen to identify yourself, you have a problem.

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