Even though other people usually ridicule the ones who are messy, researchers claim that these people are far from unproductive and lazy, in fact, their messiness can be a sign of higher intelligence.
Here are several reasons why experts claim that messy people are actually productive geniuses:
-- Lots of genuine minds in history have worked on their messy desks, and they actually promote higher levels of creativity and problem-solving. A study conducted at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota found that messy workplaces can greatly boost positive innovative thought.
-- Messy people are able to see the bigger picture, which enables them to have more creative ideas and easily find solutions to obscure problems. They make decisions faster and adapt to new situations with ease.
-- Neatness does not mean anything, and the obsession with an orderly lifestyle can even be a symptom of some disorder. Some people can be perfectly effective even if their working place is not constantly neat, and studies have shown that they can actually complete 30% more tasks than the ones who work in clean and clear environments.
-- While some people find it stressful to work in a messy environment, others are capable to ignore the chaos and focus on their work, without being distracted. These people have a higher threshold of tolerance for distraction.
-- A disorganized mind is often highly intelligent, as it processed things creatively, not in a straightforward manner, and creates unique ideas by thinking outside the box. These people are eager to learn and have more interests, and avoid things they do not like. Messy people need to be occupied with things they really enjoy and pursue their interests, so they are generally more successful in their fields.
-- According to Entropy, a “law of the universe” of sorts, the world is constantly shifting from organized to disorganized, so chaos is the most natural state of the universe. No matter how much we try, things will get messy again. Therefore, messy people do not waste time to go to extremes in neatness and use most of their time working on their tasks.
Weena Cullins, a marriage and family therapist, says that some people do not value cleanliness and prioritize other things over keeping a room clean. She says that there is a mundaneness and a monotony with keeping up with tasks like this that need to be completed routinely without much more benefit to them than returning to a clean room. Therefore, the refusal to keep the room clean is sometimes more about this that anything else.
Additionally, Molly Pennington, Ph.D. says that messy people thrive in chaos, so they can roll with the punches. They do not freak out if something changes because they’re used to commotion, and these characteristics actually help them in their personal life and in the workplace.
Some corporations even seek out unconventional folks on staff to handle the storms, since businesses need individuals who can not only handle messes but who do their best thinking and leading in the midst of turmoil.
She says that people who prefer order are often under much stress, and in the case of messy people, pandemonium is pretty much business as usual.
Yet, at the end of the day, there is nothing wrong in cleaning up the space around you if the mess stresses you, and at the same time, if you find living chaotically easy to handle, feel free to differ.