Sunday, January 07, 2007

Messiness is next to...?

Probably not godliness, but who cares?

I was inspired by a great article by Margaret Wente in Saturday's Globe & Mail. Inspired because she's a great columnist, sure. But also inspired by the positive boost to my self-esteem. (But obviously not inspired enough to think of an original idea of my own for this blog... My apologies, Ms. Wente.)

Confession: I am a messy person. (Stop laughing, Molly.) I always have been. Although I know where things are when I want them, generally, I live in what looks to organized people, as a state of chaos.

If you're one of those hyper-organized people, brace yourself. I'm about to post a photo of my desk. Well, part of my desk.





Are you still breathing?



I've heard some of the theories put forward in Ms. Wente's column before. That actually being too tidy, too organized is a huge waste of time and merely a procrastination technique for people so inclined. I've also taken solace in the idea that many creative and brilliant minds of the past were very messy/outwardly disorganized people. Albert Einstein said if a cluttered desk is an indication of a cluttered mind, what does an empty desk indictate. (Roughly paraphrased quote.)

On this I rest my case.

Did my proclivity for a cluttered desk help my image/reputation in the business world? (Can't. Stop. Laughing...)

But now I'm my own boss. It's working for me. Mostly. So I'm not about to change and am trying, really hard, not to beat myself up for it.

What about you? Messy or neatnik?

9 comments:

Shannon McKelden said...

That looks JUST like my desk, Maureen!! I have to clear it out once in a while...you know, when the pile in front of the monitor starts to obstruct the view. :-)
Shannon

Sara Hantz said...

Ummmm... you call that a messy desk... nah... that's like mine after I've tidied it...

Maureen McGowan said...

Shannon and Sara, I knew we were kindred spirits.

Mel Francis said...

Yeah! One of my people!

Maia said...

My desk could be interchanged with yours. and we would not know the difference. Lovely thing about chaos is, the chaos maker always knows exactly where everything is at any given moment. This may be the brilliance thing Einstein was talking about.

Amy Ruttan said...

I am messy, messy, messy, messy. That's nothing Maureen. Fortunately in my day time job my boss is even messier than I am, so our unorganized chaos works for us. When my husband tidies I loose things ... if he would just leave it in the pile I had left I would know where it was.

Eileen said...

I'm messy when I'm in the groove. When I am procrastinating- I am VERY tidy. I have this love for organizatonal tools (folders, boxes etc) It never works, but I love the idea.

Joanne said...

Maureen, and the rest of you messy desk people (I count myself among you), if you want to feel better about yourself and your organization techniques - have a look at Jennifer Crusie's office:

http://jennycrusie.blogspot.com/2006/01/so-heres-my-plan.html

I was so heartened the first time I saw this.

Christine said...

I'm messy, which is why I think my husband hasn't built my desk yet in the office. I'm a nomadic writer right now, traveling from the couch to the table to the bedroom. But it forces me to be clean. :)

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