"But in the mind, worlds unclassified, undenominated, unassimilated, form, break, unite, dissolve and harmonize ceaselessly. In the mind-world ideas are the indestructible elements which form the jeweled constellations of the interior life."
"The creative life! Ascension. Passing beyond oneself. Rocketing out into the blue, grasping at flying ladders, mounting, soaring, lifting the world up by the scalp, rousing the angels from their ethereal lairs, drowning in stellar depths, clinging to the tails of comets. Nietzsche had written of it ecstatically---and then swooned forward into the mirror to die in root and flower. 'Stairs and contradictory stairs,' he wrote, and then suddenly there was no longer any bottom; the mind, like a splintered diamond, was pulverized by the hammer-blows of truth."
“Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition,” Dr. Vohs and her co-authors conclude in the study, “which can produce fresh insights.”
The implications of these findings are also practical. “My advice would be, if you need to think outside the box for a future project,” Dr. Vohs says, “then let the clutter rise and unfetter your imagination. But if your primary goal is to eat well or to go to the gym, pick up around your office first. By doing this, the naturally messy can acquire some of the discipline of the conscientious.”
What a Messy Desk Says About You
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
I should have kept on my messy desk a sign that read:
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE or A MESSY DESK IS A SIGN OF A CREATIVE MIND.
Was I a more creative teacher, more so than those other teachers who kept a neat and orderly desk?
Yes, I was, according to one recent study that was done by researchers at the University of Minnesota.
A series of experiments were done, and the results were published online last month in Psychological Science.
So, during thirty-one years of teaching, when I felt lowly and inferior because I had such a messy work environment, I really should have been smiling and feeling guiltless.
Look, I have a messy desk!
I am a creative teacher!
Of course, this could also be sky-high wishful thinking and self-delusion.
My desk at home is still a mess.
One study, however, doesn’t mean that much.
Take this report from March of 2012, which says that a messy desk is not a good thing to have:
“…a report last year by OfficeMax that found that office clutter undermines productivity and motivation. ‘Your performance coincides with your workspace,’ says Dede. ‘When it’s organized and precise you have the mindset and motivation to work.’