Many of us follow the theory that supposedly chaotic and unorganized individuals preform more poorly. However, people shouldn’t be quick to judge an unguided desk or workplace when it comes to creativity or productivity.
Here are few reasons why experts claim that messy or sloppy people are actually productive geniuses:
- Lots of genuine minds in history have worked on their messy desks, and they actually promote higher levels of creativity and problem-solving. A study conducted at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota found that messy workplaces can greatly boost positive innovative thought.
- Messy people are able to see the bigger picture, which enables them to have more creative ideas and easily find solutions to obscure problems. They make decisions faster and adapt to new situations with ease.
- Neatness does not mean anything, and the obsession with an orderly lifestyle can even be a symptom of some disorder. Some people can be perfectly effective even if their working place is not constantly neat, and studies have shown that they can actually complete 30% more tasks than the ones who work in clean and clear environments.
- While some people find it stressful to work in a messy environment, others are capable to ignore the chaos and focus on their work, without being distracted. These people have a higher threshold of tolerance for distraction.
- A disorganized mind is often highly intelligent, as it processed things creatively, not in a straightforward manner, and creates unique ideas by thinking outside the box. These people are eager to learn and have more interests, and avoid things they do not like. Messy people need to be occupied with things they really enjoy and pursue their interests, so they are generally more successful in their fields.
- According to Entropy, a “law of the universe” of sorts, the world is constantly shifting from organized to disorganized, so chaos is the most natural state of the universe. No matter how much we try, things will get messy again. Therefore, messy people do not waste time to go to extremes in neatness and use most of their time working on their tasks.
Weena Cullins, a marriage and family therapist, says:
“Some people simply don’t value cleanliness and they prioritize other things over keeping a room clean.
When you think about it, there’s a mundaneness and a monotony with keeping up with tasks like this that need to be completed routinely without much more benefit to them than returning to a clean room, so sometimes a refusal to keep a room clean is more about that than anything else.”
Furthermore, Molly Pennington, Ph.D., adds:
“Because they thrive in chaos, messy people can roll with the punches. They don’t freak out if something changes because they’re used to commotion. These traits help them out in their personal life and they’re also extremely valuable in the workplace. Some corporations even seek out unconventional folks so they have people on staff to handle the storms.
Businesses need individuals who can not only handle messes but who do their best thinking and leading in the midst of turmoil. People who prefer order feel overwhelmed and overly-stressed when plans go awry. For messy people, pandemonium is pretty much business as usual.”
At the end of the day you’re either a person who enjoys a clean space or a person who doesn’t mind a messy desk. You choose which one you favor.