Paper, paper, paper! It spreads out on my desk, buries more important paper and breeds secretly at night to create still more paper.
There’s a pile of paper by my printer that’s been untouched for two weeks. What’s in it? I know there’s a MAPS Journal (it’s the red book toward the bottom) and my insurance card is there somewhere between the sheets. There are blog ideas, half-written letters, a few bills and a recipe or two…I think.
Calendars, To-Do Lists, articles to read and miscellaneous technology tools are strewn haphazardly across my work space.
Is it a bad thing to be disorganized?
Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and Mark Twain all had messy desks, yet they were some of the most creative thinkers of all time.
In a 2010 study commissioned by Brother International (an office products company) the cost of our collective messy desks and time spent looking for misplaced items cost corporate America $177 billion annually.
Additionally, nearly a third of office workers failed to get reimbursed for a travel or business-related expense because they misplaced or lost a receipt.
Employees with messy desks are docked when it comes to raises too. One executive said, “An organized desk sends the impression you’re on top of things. A messy desk says the opposite.”
So is it a bad thing to be messy or a sign of creativity? I’m not sure. One thing I do know for sure is I’m going to tackle my mess a few papers at a time until I can see the top of my desk again. That will make my Virgo heart sing.