Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Zen of a Cluttered Desk - Opinion
There are two types of people in this world, those with surgically sterile cubicles and those that have cubicles that could pass for small landfills. I’m writing on behalf of those of us who have the type of desk (or office if applicable) that would make our mothers cringe.
For those of you who may not understand why we let things get this way, I’ll break it down for you.
1. It makes work more fun. Looking for that report from last week? Time for a scavenger hunt. It’s like discovering hidden treasure, daily.
2. We can literally say we are buried in work.
3. It’s intimidating. From the prior point, it looks like we are super busy, which deters extra work. And secondly, the clutter can become so off-putting people don’t stay in your workspace for long. Yay privacy!
4. It’s a great way to prioritize. Stuff that doesn’t come up much, or is less important, finds its way to the bottom of the heap
5. It’s representative of our minds. We are all over the map; our brains process multiple things at once, which really is an indicator of genius. After all, Leonardo da Vinci covered his walls and floors with his doodles and scribbles. (I don’t really know if that’s true, but it probably is.)
So as you can see, while at first things may appear chaotic and disorganized, messy cubes are really efficient, productivity boosting systems employed by people of exceptional brilliance.