Posted by: Jeremiah Graves | February 14, 2012

Real (Messy) Genius

My Faithful Readers, I have some pretty big news.

I’m a genius.

I know, right?!

I don’t want to say I was shocked—I’d prefer to say re-affirmed—but admittedly, it did catch me a little off-guard.

I mean, I knew I was smart, but a genius?! The thought hadn’t really crossed my—apparently well-above-average—mind.

How’d I learn about my genius-status you ask?

Well, it seems that some researchers in Germany have been getting their observation on—as researches are wont to do—and they’ve come up with some pretty interesting facts about those of us who like to live life on the messy side.

Here’s the scoop from The Daily Mail:

Managers and office busybodies might be keen on a clean desk – but it seems that in terms of productivity, they could have it all wrong.

A messy desk can actually lead people towards clearer thinking, say researchers from Germany.

The researchers found in a series of linked studies – using a messy desk and a messy shop front – that people actually thought more clearly when all around was chaos, as they sought to simplify the tasks at hand.

Visual and mental clutter forces human beings to focus and think more clearly.

The article goes on to say that messy desks can actually “boost work efficiency or enhance employees’ creativity in problem solving.”

So there you have it.

The fact that my desk generally looks like an Office Depot ate a tacky gift shop and then threw up all over the place pretty much means that I’m a genius and likely the greatest worker in all the land.

…or it just means that I’m a f’n slob.



  1. “…my desk generally looks like an Office Depot ate a tacky gift shop and then threw up all over the place…”

    Best. Desk. Description. Ever.

    Guess that really DOES make you a genius…


  2. I have a little sign that says “a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind.” ‘Tis true dat.


    • Word. *insert cool rapper hand motion + head nod combo*


  3. You probably are a genius in some way or another, you just don’t know it yet. They say we only use 10% of our brainpower. My guess is that you’re using at least 13%.


    • I can work with that…now if only I could get the rest of the dang-thing kick-started, I could quit my day job and blog for a living. Albeit blogging about how rough life is as a super-brained, bajillionaire, but it’s blogging nonetheless.


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