Science Says Messy People are Productive Geniuses

It was said that if you are messy your mind is also messy.

But for John Haltiwanger of Elite Daily, that is not the case. He believes that chaotic workspace does not equal to a chaotic mind.

“We live in a very formulaic and predictable world … Society perpetually seeks to maintain order, in every sense of the word,” he said. “But it’s all an illusion.”

So, if you are a messy person (like me) here are three things to remember why it’s OK to be disorganized.

  1. You’re not concerned with the status quo.

Obviously, being neat and organized looks good and usually necessary. But we have to remember that nothing is permanent except change, so what is neat and organized now will be in disorder later on and we should embrace that.

“Disorganized people have seen the light. They won’t allow their lives to be dictated by propriety and convention,” he said.

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  1. You find inspiration in mess.

Did you know that a lot of famous and successful people were messy? Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, and even the great genius Albert Einstein.

“Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights,” she said. “Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe.”

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3. You’re brave and spontaneous.

“They go with the flow instead of swimming against the current,” said Haltiwanger.

Instead of worrying about minute details, messy people tend to focus on the big picture. They would rather focus all of their time and attention on the important task at hand than worry about other things. According to Haltiwanger, this makes them more adventurous and willing to take a leap, as opposed to organized people.

There’s nothing wrong with organization, but there’s nothing wrong with chaos either. Allow your messy environment to inspire you and try not to worry about cleaning it up now. Still, it’s important to maintain a balance between organization and chaos.

“There is simplicity and beauty in living a messy life, which is precisely why it produces such enlightened and innovative individuals,” he said.




This article originally appeared on YourTango.



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