I feel so much better now. From the NY Times:
Studies are piling up that show that messy desks are the vivid signatures of people with creative, limber minds (who reap higher salaries than those with neat â€œoffice landscapesâ€) and that messy closet owners are probably better parents and nicer and cooler than their tidier counterparts.
Based on the state of my desk, I should be getting a raise. 🙂 In all seriousness though, while my desk always looks messy, there’s method to the madness: I am a horizontal organizer. When I need a document that’s somewhere on my desk, I can usually put my hand on it in a few seconds. Every couple of months I go through a clean-out and dump obsolete documents, and for a while it’s clean but hard to find things without rifling through a stack of papers. I agree when the author says, “the most valuable dividend of living with mess may be time”. By condensing my “filing” activities to a rare occasions, it’s much faster to dump lots of useless stuff that I might have spent time filing and forgetting about had I kept my desk cleaner.