Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
Insomnia
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Messy desk, messy desktop, active mind...

I like this bit from the New Yorker.

Why do we pile documents instead of filing them? Because piles represent the process of active, ongoing thinking. The psychologist Alison Kidd, whose research Sellen and Harper refer to extensively, argues that "knowledge workers" use the physical space of the desktop to hold "ideas which they cannot yet categorize or even decide how they might use." The messy desk is not necessarily a sign of disorganization. It may be a sign of complexity: those who deal with many unresolved ideas simultaneously cannot sort and file the papers on their desks, because they haven't yet sorted and filed the ideas in their head. Kidd writes that many of the people she talked to use the papers on their desks as contextual cues to "recover a complex set of threads without difficulty and delay"...

That's me. I have dozens of things on the burner at any one time, and it's nice to have those contextual cues around me. Filing things away has its drawbacks sometimes. Out of sight, out of mind, basically...
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