My Creative Mind

B5A4C4A8-36E7-4598-98C6-E2162045846DThere are those whose desks look almost pristine. “There’s a place for everything and everything is in its place,” they say, and there’s never a stray piece of paper marring the uncluttered surfaces of their desks.

I am one of those who has never managed to keep my desk free of detritus, no matter how hard I tried. Periodically, tired of hearing derogatory comments from my coworkers (when I was still working) about how my desk looked like a disaster area, I would take a whole day or two to declutter. Yet, within a few days, my desk was a mess once again.

So imagine my delight when I came across an article published by the American Psychological Association titled, “A Messy Desk Encourages a Creative Mind.” Oh snap!

According to that article, a study at the University of Minnesota found that “working in a tidy room encourages people to do socially responsible, normatively ‘good’ things like eat healthfully and give to charity. But working in a messy room seems to help them try new things and come up with creative ideas.”

I came across another article in Inc. magazine titled, “A Messy Desk Is a Sign of Genius.” Booyah!

That article noted that “the notion that a clean desk means a productive worker is an artifact of the mid-20th century.” A study found that “Participants in the messy room generated the same number of ideas for new uses as their clean-room counterparts. But their ideas were rated as more interesting and creative when evaluated by impartial judges.”

And as acknowledged genius Albert Einstein famously pointed out that “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

So, to all of you who criticized me and my messy desk, you were throwing shade at a creative genius!

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “messy.”

13 thoughts on “My Creative Mind

  1. Angel March 3, 2018 / 9:26 am

    I am staring down the face of my genius as I type. Love it.

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  2. vblinggroup March 3, 2018 / 9:47 am

    powerful words


  3. Marilyn Armstrong March 3, 2018 / 10:30 am

    I always thought a messy desk was the sign that someone was actually WORKING. Neat desks are for people who don’t use them. Mine is currently very neat. I don’t use it anymore!

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    • Fandango March 3, 2018 / 10:39 am

      Mine is covered with 1099-Rs, 1099-INTs, and other IRS forms, since I’m working on my taxes.


  4. shelleykrupagmailcom March 3, 2018 / 11:16 am

    I’m right there with you! I love a clean desk, but without much effort at all, it returns to the creative state :-)!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sight11 March 3, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    Perhaps I should have mail this post to my teachers and parent. All that hassling would have stopped. My desk was always cluttered…

    Liked by 1 person

  6. leigha66 March 5, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    Interesting post… my desk happens to me an “organized chaos” LOL!

    Liked by 1 person

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