It’s Not ‘Mess.’ It’s Creativity.

“While cleaning up certainly has its benefits, clean spaces might be too conventional to let inspiration flow.”

A messy desk could be a symptom of busyness but also creativity. But so too can a clean desk, since being organized is part of keeping only what's essential and what's a priority.

You ultimately need both types of desk spaces, one squalor where you're allowed the freedom to throw out everything on the table and one minimalist area to do focused work.

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Work Consistency

Some people develop rigid systems for working. Systematic work results in positive flow and productivity. But failure to follow route causes frustration.

Work isn’t so black and white. Just because you skip a step in the daily ritual doesn’t mean you’ll hit a snag. You have to be adaptable.

With that said, there are some basic triggers to restarting work every day:

  • Ignore distractions. Turn off social media.
  • Drink a cup of coffee.
  • Be sitting/standing at your desk by 8:30 AM.
  • Go for a walk for inspiration.
  • Meditate.

But none of above have to be followed in order nor be completed to get started working. In other words, stretching helps but it isn’t required.

There’s no special code to getting stuff done, only a list of things that help with the process. Be willing to experiment with and embrace inconsistency. Great ideas brew out of deviation.

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“I want to talk about work and not the office. The distinction being that today people work everywhere.” Bridging life/working space with “Tools for Life” by Knoll.
“I want to talk about work and not the office. The distinction being that today people work everywhere.” Bridging life/working space with “Tools for Life” by Knoll.

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Work from Anywhere: The Passionate Nomad Worker

I used to be adamant about where I worked. It had to be a clean desk with a comfortable chair at home and at work.

But after working for a startup not tethered to a PC I got used to working everywhere on my laptop and mobile devices: standing up, sitting down in a coffee shop, on the train, plane, wherever. It didn't care where I worked.

Today, I deliberately work in diverse places in order to sustain creativity. If I sit in the same place too long my ideas get stale.

I've got to move around. Each location offers something new, in sounds and sights inspiring connective layers to an incipient concept.

Ideas, great and simple, come from everywhere. Mobile phones allow us to collect ideas on the run and turn them into something as simple as a blog post, tweet, Instagram, or private thoughts buried in Evernote or in a Day One diary.

Above all, I can work everywhere because the place doesn't matter. I just want to get stuff out. In fact, I'm writing this while walking on 5th Avenue on the way to work. Forget the stationery, clean desk.

Now I understand why my Dad never built an office at home. He's a passionate nomad worker, like me.

My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. So I never have to worry about schedules. Some new thing is always exploding in me, and it schedules me, I don’t schedule it. It says: Get to the typewriter right now and finish this. – Ray Bradbury

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