For students who can’t get organized, maybe a valid thing to wonder is whether being organized is actually that important.
By Kayli Stiles
Today, on the 11th of April, 2017, at 9:17p.m., the day before this assignment is due, I ask the question, “Why am I so unorganized?”
Currently my backpack is littered with papers that become crumpled up under each other. I have binders for the separate subjects but I usually find it more time-preserving to just add the papers to the great pit. There may be a small monster living at the bottom of my bag, who knows? Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if I just stepped up and did some spring cleaning? I could go to Target, buy a planner, and move on to a better version of myself. A version that doesn’t turn in her assignments at the last minute or late, a version that doesn’t worry if there’s something she forgot to do because she had it all neatly listed and attended to each task she had scheduled. I wouldn’t shove all my papers in my backpack and pour them all back out trying to find one. I’m sure I would get up early in the mornings too. I would perfectly schedule my day to include a hearty breakfast. Maybe start working out. I bet tidy people are happier. It has undeniably brought me more stress, more frequently, and there’s always those things I forget. Imagine if I cleared up my space to just the bare essentials. Left it minimalist, everything with it’s own space.
Maybe this is how creativity works, when we have all these ideas that we’re able to branch off of and the only way our spaces can accommodate for that is through a chaotic scramble.
Why do we need efficiency so badly? What’s so wrong with making a mess when you work? Sure, it will take more time, but there’s usually time. Is the goal to mass produce essays and schoolwork? Or is it just to have free time after you finish?
Sure, it puts some short stops on some things in my life, but is that enough reason to hate this part of myself? I don’t have a system built for efficiency, but maybe that’s just not the best way for me. Google headquarters has found that their offices being built for creativity, with slides and couches and colors, is better suited for their employees instead of having clean desks that are only accompanied by a pencil and laptop. Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Mark Twain, all geniuses of their time, had something in common: their desks were a disaster. Maybe this is how creativity works, when we have all these ideas that we’re able to branch off of and the only way our spaces can accommodate for that is through a chaotic scramble. Albert Einstein puts it this way: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?” You may think it’s wrong of me to compare myself to these people. That my losing a pencil every new class period is different to Einstein having stacks of research to inspire him. To this I say you’re wrong. This is just a side effect of my being a creative person.
Kate Lorenz puts it this way, “Following rigid organizational systems and living life driven by a day planner means you’re operating with blinders on.”
Photo: The situation is dire by Amber Karnes on Flickr