‘A clean office is the sign of a cluttered mind’

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By Ben Hyatt

Hand me that photo.
Which photo?
The one beside that stack of papers.
Which stack of papers?
The stack that just fell into the floor!!!
Anyone with office space can recall a time that you have turned around and it appears that an F5 tornado just made its way into your office, leaving behind a trail and multiple piles of paper and in some cases pretzel sticks.
Can you judge a person by the way they keep their office?
Can you judge someone by how much they become unnerved when you tilt a framed photo on their wall?
If you ask me, questions like these tend to be a little more in depth in the world of psychology than I am comfortable talking about.
But for the sake of a few laughs I suppose I can try to seem smart in analyzing the psychology behind cleanliness and ruble.
My co-worker and I share office space at the Cynthiana Democrat.
If you ask me, we both deserve a corner office, but there are only so many of those and it appears we will never call one of them home.
My co-worker keeps a very clean side of the room in the fact that every pen, paper and Post-It note has its own place.
So what can be determined from my co-worker’s clean space?
Probably not much other than she enjoys not having massive amounts of clutter to prohibit her from performing her job most efficiently.
Perhaps she takes pride in keeping things looking nice or to the extreme... maybe she needs medication for an extreme case of non-diagnosed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
On the flip side, there is my boss, who once said “a clean desk is the sign of a cluttered mind.”
If that is true then my boss may have the clearest mind humanly possible.
The random papers topped with several stacks of old newspapers add a nice touch to her outdated flowery wallpaper border around the top of her room.
Yet both my boss and co-worker seem to always get their jobs done efficiently and for the most part on time.
Being the young one in our group of three in the news department, I look at the situation as a learning experience since I am young enough to learn new tricks.
If neither clutter nor clean contribute to the efficiency of one’s work, perhaps a happy in-between is the best solution.
Either way, the whole reason behind all of this is to not necessarily breakdown the science behind a clean or cluttered office. It was meant more to show a funny picture of my boss in an embarrassing moment.