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If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

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These are the words of Einstein, a man who scoffed at the idea of an scrupulously tidy working area.


If you are struggling with the daily challenge of keeping your workspace clean and tidy then fear not, a recent article by Jon Crowe for Guru magazine has revealed that keeping things in order is battling against one of the most basic and powerful laws of the universe - entropy.


Chores such as mending things, cleaning things, tidying things, organising things and re-arranging things can seem like an endless investment of time and energy only to be no further forward at the end of it all. Life is essentially running to stand still.


This is all to do with the Second Law of Thermodynamics which is essentially a perpetual downward spiral of all things in the universe which are in an ever increasing state of disorder. Cells in our bodies need a lot of energy to fight off disease, infections, mutilations and ultimately death, ice wants to turn into water which is atomically more disordered than it's solid state, gravity breaks, stretches and ages things, even stars and galaxies swell and implode into chaos eventually. So next time you are feeling like a failure for letting your washing bin overflow, just take a leaf out of Einstein's book and these other great minds who had important breakthroughs in the midst of a messy desk.

 

Freud...

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Edison...

 

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