There is a precious word related to general disorder and hubbub, mess and mess that has not yet been accepted by the RAE, although it has been picked up by Fundeu as a synonym for the above: ‘sindiós’, pronounced by José Sazatornil in’ It dawns that it is not little ‘(José Luis Cuerda, 1989): «’ I can’t stand this sindiós’, he said before shooting each other. And, in fact, in recent times, especially since the appearance on the scene of the character of Marie Kondo and ‘The magic of order’, her method of achieving impeccable homes, the disciples of chaos, never well seen, are now looked at more disdain. If they are even beginning to lose the (little) security they had in themselves and in their disorganized ‘organization’; Embarrassed, they even apologize to their guests. Unable to understand how decorating magazine covers all look the same. Politically very incorrect «.
But here comes science and its studies to shed light on so much darkness and give you a pat on the back. The definitions that the RAE gives to the word chaos are quite nice; while the second meaning is neutral and speaks of «confusion, disorder», the third refers to the «apparently erratic and unpredictable behavior of some deterministic dynamical systems with great sensitivity to initial conditions». But it is the first that gives rise to a thesis endorsed by scientific studies: “An amorphous and indefinite state that is supposed to be prior to the ordering of the cosmos.” That is, the order of things as we know it was created from disorder. It is here that various investigations bring comfort to the most incorrigible chaotic: disorder encourages creativity. Conversely, chaotic people tend to be more creative.
Tim Harford is a British economist and columnist who in 2016 wrote the book ‘The Power of Disorder’. It explained the benefits that it brings to our lives based on discoveries in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and social sciences, and asserted that disorder can increase creativity and that everyone should accept a little chaos. “Both systems – and it refers to order and its opposite – can work, so we should be cautious before judging someone based on the clutter of their desk.” Like Albert Einstein’s; the famous photo of his office at Princeton University, taken hours after his death in 1955, shows a table crammed with papers and notebooks, stacked one on top of the other, barely showing a piece of wood. Around, several shelves with books stacked haphazardly. They attribute this phrase to him: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what should we think of an empty desk?” The offices of the architect Le Corbusier, the computer entrepreneur Steve Jobs, the writers Mark Twain and Hemingway and the study of Picasso would knock out Marie Kondo herself.
Harford points out that creative or ingenious people tend to recognize that disorder helps them on many occasions, “but if we talk about a profile more dedicated to conventional business, that is less likely to happen,” he explained in an interview. “There are many books that deal with systems, automation and ways to organize. But here the focus is on the opposite, on improvisation, on things that cannot be easily quantified or converted into a system, on distractions and interruptions. This kind of chaos and disorder is important in our lives and makes us human. Plus, it may even give us benefits. For example, improvising stimulates creativity and allows us to be receptive to the people around us: clients, colleagues or friends ”.
In his book, he interviewed songwriter and producer Brian Eno, who uses arbitrariness in his creative work. For this he created a deck of cards (‘oblique strategies’ they are called) that are a kind of oracle with surprising instructions for when one gets stuck in a problem or needs a little fresh air:’ Stay away from the most important thing ‘,’ do last things first ‘,’ honor the mistake as a hidden intention ‘,’ make an exhaustive list of everything you could do and start with last ‘,’ the most important thing is the one that is easiest to forget ‘,’ do somewhat boring ‘and even the enigmatic’ use incompetent people ‘.
The psychologist and physicist Emilio José Núñez, from the Conectia Psychology cabinet, explains that among the qualities of creative people is “disorder, which increases creative thinking, thinking away from the conventional.” He emphasizes that since childhood we are taught “that order is everything, the key to success and that everything must be carefully in place and categorized. Meanwhile, disorder is usually associated with failure. But he brings up a study by psychologist Kathleen Vohs, from the University of Minnesota, who analyzed the behavior of various people in messy rooms and in orderly ones. “The conclusions were that orderly environments encourage convention and behavior according to the rules, in addition to limiting the ability to innovate and find more creative solutions. On the other hand, disorderly environments apparently inspire a break with tradition and produce new approaches, helping to be more productive, imaginative and creative.
Núñez considers that the relationship between disorder and creativity is not accidental, and that it is not as easy as a very orderly person suddenly opting for chaos: «The most creative are naturally more disorderly. Maybe you could experiment by not being so strict with the order to have a different point of view and stimulate the creative side.
Filing cabinets and stackers
There is a phrase that always begins in the same way and then you add what suits you: ‘The world divides in two’ … And here the professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Thomas Malone, organizational theorist, the completed with this classification: on the one hand are the workers who file, and on the other, those who stack. File cabinets, using organizational systems such as folders, and stackers, which accumulate your papers on the desk seemingly at random. Well, a joint investigation by Columbia University and California University in Santa Cruz concluded that the latter were more effective and faster in finding certain documents; They used to have the most important ones on them and despite the noise they knew where everything was. Returning to Harford, the author of ‘The Power of Clutter’: “A cluttered desk is not at all as chaotic as it appears at first glance. There is a natural tendency towards a system of organization ”, he observes in his book. The most chaotic say the same, who know where everything is within their ‘totum revolutum’.
Another point of view is provided by the Granada-born Omar Linares, doctor in Philosophy and philosophical advisor in the Thelos cabinet. In his opinion, all these theses must be qualified enough: «The image of the artist working in a workshop ‘necessarily’ upside down seems to have become a cliché. In my opinion, a person is not going to be more creative due to the fact of not being able, or not wanting, to keep their work table, bedroom or house in a certain order. There is no direct causal relationship between disorder itself and creativity, but I think there is one between creativity and the act of disorder, very different from not being able to maintain order.
The order button
The philosopher considers that the act of disorder entails a break with the previous order, “with the relationships that connected the elements of a system, to create new ones. When I mess up, I renounce the previous order; to the place, utility and function that each object had, to open me to a different experience. In this way, while not being able to tidy up my room only reveals my inability to do so, voluntarily messing up, perhaps taking all the furniture out into the hall and introducing them one by one in a different way, allows the expression of a creativity that does not it would have taken place without the disorder. ‘ Linares adds that to create something new it is necessary to be aware “of the limits of the conceptual framework in which what has already been created is found, and to break it. All creation needs a minimum of disorder, of originality ”.
Álvaro Gurrea has been a professor of Creativity at the University of the Basque Country, as well as an advertising creative, writer and saxophonist. Remember the amount of works of literature or music that have been created under the influence of drugs, with the burden of mental disorder that this entails, although always remembering that we are talking about geniuses with an impressive discipline and craft. “You can’t do something very creative either if you don’t get carried away a bit, sometimes you’re so focused that you don’t even remember to eat, then that disorder is a sequel,” he says. Although he admits that he increasingly appreciates order because of the “serenity” it brings him; “A messy room is not good for anything, although there are people who are too obsessed with order and balance.” Thus, he recognizes that if giving a button the whole house was ordered … “I would press it without hesitation.”
I am messy?
You accumulate new things
that you don’t need, in case one day you can use them.
You keep old things
in the assurance that you will be able to use them ‘one day’. Years go by and fill a closet.
You store broken things
because you have them dear or because you could reuse them.
You read the newspaper and you put it down
where it catches you. Days go by and you don’t even think of throwing it out.
You fill your pockets or bag
with papers, tickets or things that you plan to throw away later or keep in a place for it (that you never find).
for your desk or your closet (boxes, files, etc) and you fill them with things and create chaos again.
You leave the clothes
that you take off on the floor or on a chair, even if the closet is just a few steps away.
Do you drink coffee
while working on the computer and leaving the dirty cup on the table all day, having passed through the kitchen many times.
You try to place
something in its place but since you have everything full of other things, collapsed, you leave it on the table.
You want to order
clutter and you end up putting everything in a bag or hiding it in a closet, in order to really organize it later.
You forget often
dates or pending tasks.
You are in a hurry
almost always for everything.
You tend to procrastinate
‘for tomorrow’ and you accumulate many tasks because you focus on others of less importance. It’s hard for you to start doing them and you abandon one to start another and another …