An Organized Mind

IMG_2499I originally posted this last August when my blog was relatively unnoticed. So when I saw today’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge using the word “organized,” I decided to recycle this post. Yes, I know it’s a photo challenge, but the post does permit us to turn it into a word prompt. So here is my recycled word prompt response.


I used to work for a guy whose desk was always a mess. I am not exactly a neat-freak, but I always tried to keep a reasonably tidy desk. Having papers and crap randomly spread out on my desk made me feel anxious, so keeping it relatively clean helped me maintain my sanity in what was often a chaotic work environment.

I used to dread it when I had to walk into my boss’s office and ask him for something. He would rifle through papers and folders that were scattered across his large desk for maybe five minutes before he’d finally locate whatever files or papers I had asked for.

When I commented on his disorganization, he would quip, “A messy desk is a sign of an organized mind.”

“No,” I would think to myself, not daring to say it out loud to my boss, “a messy desk is a sign of a messy desk.” I encouraged him to take some time to organize his desk. I even volunteered to help him organize his files. But he always claimed to know exactly where everything on his mess of a desk was located.

But this tale has a happy ending. My messy boss was ultimately let go and I was promoted to take his place. So while he believed that a messy desk is a sign of an organized mind, I learned that a messy desk is a promotion opportunity for someone with an organized desk (and mind.)

10 thoughts on “An Organized Mind

  1. pensitivity101 June 16, 2018 / 9:16 am

    I could never work in a muddle. I had In trays, Pending, and Filing. Anyone ask me a question on something I was working on, I could find the paperwork. Now I’m retired, I can’t find anything!

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  2. Sue W June 16, 2018 / 10:16 am

    I love your happy ending. A messy desk would drive me mad too. I’m glad you chose to treat it as word-prompt, and as GC said, you get a second chance with ours. 🙂

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  3. emn June 16, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    Okay…I’m the lone wolf here. Messy-by-nature is my “rap” name. Oh, I don’t want to be this way. I gaze lustfully at organized spaces and wonder how they are maintained. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Right? Enjoyed the post and the prompt!

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    • Fandango June 16, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      Thanks. I am not as well organized now that I’m retired as I used to be. I guess there’s less at stake if I misplace something.

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  4. leigha66 June 18, 2018 / 9:54 am

    At work I was always very tidy… my craft desk however looks like a tornado went through it. Mainly because I don’t have enough storage space.

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