New psycho post by Ruddy Adam.
The Value of Not Being an Order Freak and of Using Clusters to Organize Over Rows
What many consider a messy desk may not be a sign of genius, as some are speculating, but as history shows, it can certainly be a sign of a highly productive person.
Just think of the time order freaks put in making sure everything is in what to them is perfect order. Then just think of how much more time they would have on their hands were they not so obsessed with having their socks and pencils in what they see as perfect order. There are psychological reasons for this disorder, but we’re not going into that here.
We learned in our studies on the brain that the brain detests too much order, that order freaks are far more likely to be negative, depressed people than those who discount order as being important to their lives. The brain loves a type of order when it first wakes. Not the straight-line order that most people consider as order, but things like knowing the general area where your keys, your soap, your money, your phone are. You might have a table where you keep the notes you made for the new day the night before. Odd that most order freaks are not note-takers!
My accountant is a brilliant man. He is indeed left-brained, but a quick glance at his office would make the average person think he’s a slob, because there are stacks of papers everywhere. Some are a couple of feet high, others only a few inches. But he can most often go to what he needs in a couple of seconds, and he gets an awful lot of work done.
How does he do it? He keeps everything in clusters. This is equivalent of favoring roundness over squareness, of favoring the colors that tend to uplift the mind over those that tend to depress it. He doesn’t put anything in a line, but rather in clumps that he can easily go to in an instant. This further helps to save space, and time to put them that way. He doesn’t like his secretary to come in and start putting things in alphabetical order, or by numbers, or any other traditional forms of order.
After every accounting season, he clears most of those papers out for the upcoming tax season. The next year he may change where he puts his clusters. He may also change what things he puts in each cluster. This man is never depressed or negative, and he’s never anxious or foolishly excited. He’s calmed me down and taken the worry off my mind a many time over the last 50-years.
The fact that he’s not an order freak, and that he makes sure he has diversity in his life are I’m sure two of the reasons he’s not anxious, depressed, or cynical.
Let’s take supplement bottles. To line them up in rows takes up a lot more room than clustering them does, it takes God-knows how much longer to put them in that strict state of order, and the human brain remembers and relates to clusters better than it does straight lines of rows.
Remember, in God’s nature there are no straight lines. Should we not conclude from that fact that there are a few reasons for there not being any straight lines?
I love using clusters. It takes only a few minutes to put our supplements together that way, and they are much easier to remember in clumps than rows. Put one supplement bottle on the left one day, on the right next, it doesn’t matter. I know they right there in that cluster.
People who are straight-line, row-type people often get in a tizzy when one of those rows gets a little off line. That’s more time and energy expended to straighten that crooked little demon. Think about it, how much time could be saved over a lifetime for doing something else—something that is positive and productive, something that the brain enjoys us doing.
So, the tables where we keep the vitamins we’re using at the time are always in wonderful clusters, because I put them out that way, because I’m the one who gets our vitamins together every day. For instance, everything that goes with CO-Q10 is clustered together, as is everything that pertains strictly to the brain is.
Isaac Newton, Leonardo de Vinci, Thomas Edison, General George Patton, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, Ronald Reagan, Commodore Vanderbilt, Winston Churchill, Steven Jobs, John D. Rockefeller, Paul Johnson (the author of oodles of historical books), to name a few, all used clusters, and were considered sloppy people because they did not keep their desks as everyone else.
Now we’re not talking about dirty desks. That’s something that the article I’m sending out with this does not impress, as it well should. None of these folks was a nasty creep. They just did not stack everything in the traditional order—an order that has crept up on us only in the last couple of hundred years.
Remember the brain loves diversity, and hates too much straight-line order, or too much order of any type. I’ve said this before over many years. Practice using clusters to store things. Life will be easier for you, and your brain healthier for it, and you will be happier.