Messy work desks, messy work floors, messy bedrooms and messy bathrooms. All those places are obvious to many others. If you allow those to be messy you are alright with everyone knowing you have a very active mind that goes all over the place. A messy desktop, on the other hand, is an entirely different animal. Obviously, there is a strong correlation between messy desks and messy desktops. However, a messy desktop seems to indicate something more.
A messy desktop may signal that your mind is on overdrive and you are just writing and creating away and just have no time to sort things out. A messy desktop may signal that what you are working on is just part of the moment and you may never go back to it or it may signal the very opposite.
When you see a messy office desk, it is often that the owner of that mess needs to see everything laid out. A messy desktop seems to signal a deeper tolerance of chaos and just rushing through life. That is where our current society’s mindset is at. Many are racing to produce and don’t stop to see what is there or sort things out. We jump from one idea to another to another leaving behind idea vestiges. Half-started documents lie open in wait on the desktop; at times for months on end. Is there a need to rein in those messy desktops or are they leading to enhanced creativity? How do you feel when you turn on the computer and see 100 items there?