Mess makes you more productive (but you won’t like it).
I notice when helping people change their habits that they’ll often talk about how it feels weird, strange or uncomfortable to do the new thing (and without a little prompting they will just go back to how it was). They have to have a really good reason to stop smoking, start exercising, eat healthy food, be positive or just smile more.
This video has some great stories (the first one is a doozy) and some interesting research findings about mess, disruption and strangers, and how this makes for innovation.
My messy practice is improv. What’s yours?
This twins nicely with this article on the need for both focused and diffuse processes in learning (and the guilt and anxiety that comes with “not-learning” in the diffuse process period.