“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”Albert Einstein once famously asked. From our birth, organization is something which is instilled in everyone of us. On the other hand, being messy is always condemned and regarded as a quick path to the failure. Obviously, what good can come from being disorganized, right? Well, if you think that way, you just might need to reshape your thinking. Just in case you don’t know that Both Albert Einstein and writer Roald Dahl famously worked at very messy desks. And it never seemed to cause any harm to those geniuses, isn’t it? Anyways, we are not here to support any pro-messy campaign (just in case you thought so), rather we are here to solve the great messy/tidy desk debate. Let’s find out, what is right?
First part of the study, they arranged one room to look particularly tidy, while the other one- messy and haphazard. Then people were invited in for a “consumer choice study.” The study participants were shown a menu for fruit smoothies. Actually, there were two versions of the menu. On one, smoothies with a “health boost” of added ingredients, were labeled “classic.” On the the other menu, those same smoothies were promoted as “new.”
And here’s how it played out: It was notices that when the people were in the neat room they picked the established product. Conversely, when they were in messy room, they were more likely to pick the new one. Hence, it was observed that disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, producing fresh insights. In contrast, orderly environments encouraged people to play safe.
Hence, the messy room worked its magic and scored one.
But, the researchers didn’t find it well enough to declare that messiness fosters creativity. So, this time they did one another experiment. They used the same tidy and messy rooms, only this time, they asked subjects to propose as many different uses for ping pong balls as possible. Then they had a team of independent judges rate the ideas based on the level of creativity. To the surprise of many, the people who spent their time in the mess, offered up five times more creative ideas, than those in the neat environment.
So what does this mean to you? By the way, we are not asking you to trash your desks, and hope for a touch of genius. Neither we mean that being messy will wake you another morning more creative. However, it is a great deal for people who are ‘messy by nature.’ Just in case you are not, why don’t you aim a fan at the papers on the desk, winks! Try it out one day, see what wonders you create, after.
As always, don’t forget to tell your side of a story. ‘How do you keep your table?’
”If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Albert Einstein once famously asked. From our birth, organization is something which is instilled in everyone of us. On the other hand, being messy is always condemned and regarded as a quick path to the failure.…