Working as a professional blogger, I tend to have a messy desktop, desk etc… I have been often told that being organized helps with creativity. Well ‘that’s good’ I thought and off I went about creating a zillion filters on my work and persona email accounts (Gmail and Google Apps is very good for such things). But after a while, it seemed to be too organised and too micro-managed (if there such a thing) and frankly it was not helping me out practically.
Then I read this interesting article on Time, called the Mess Manifesto. It suggests that ‘Anarchy is the best way to actually enjoy things’.
I guess the mess is physical but not mental. So even if you organized things neatly into lists and folders, it might not help as your mind might have a different way of looking up information. It makes sense to keep important things at hand rather than everything at hand.
For example, it is better to memorize 5-6 phone numbers than have a well documented contact list or telephone diary. I had a dozen of more shortcuts on my desktop but I still ended up using Windows search feature to access them. I only used the Chrome icon, to fire up the browser.
So I started to clean up all things on my computer and ended up with a desktop that looked like this (pretty isn’t it).
Why? Because to sift through the mess you need a blank slate. Many writers sit facing a blank wall so they can concentrate on their work rather than get distracted with papers and books that they might have around. A painter will have a messy studio but the canvas will always be plain and white.
Lets see how this works for a week and see if the ‘Mess Manifesto combined with minimalism’ works out on my computer. If successful, I might use it in my cupboard, bedroom, personal relationships etc etc.. the possibilities are endless. 😀
Until then I would like to know if you agree that “Anarchy is the best way to enjoy things” ?