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A Perfect Mess

The Hidden Benefits of Disorder--How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place

by David H. Freedman

A Perfect Mess
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2007
    336 pages
    Genre: Advice

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A groundbreaking book that sheds new light on ideas of order--and shows how chaos, disorder, and mess make our world a better place! Like Freakonomics, here is a book that combines counterintuitive thinking with stories from everyday life to provide a striking new view of how our world works. Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder actually makes systems more effective. But most people still shun disorder--or suffer guilt over the mess they can't avoid.

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"The chronically messy will revel in the anecdotes but may need to skip the terminology." - Booklist.
"The advice is good and the arguments intriguing, and the book will probably be widely cited by those who have always resented neatniks. Too bad it's, well, such a mess." - PW.

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Rolf Smith

The offices in my life
A powerful sanity check. I have always worked in piles, not files. I have always had an office that became a Perfect Mess. If things go into files they are gone for me, they become historical only. With limited exceptions for Really Important Stuff. I have used 3-ring binders and bookcases as files for years. Microsoft and Outlook have taken the place of my binders and my "piles" now go whereever I go, but I still revert to Hard Copy paper for serious work. And I have never had difficulty finding anything in the Mess... unless someone crept in an "helped" me organize the place. This book gave me a number of insights into myself, tips on the value of my "messy" system, and how to leverage it. I am vindicated!

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