Do You Need a Little Chaos?

We are so organized, well most of us are. We plan our days and make all kinds of appointments and set aside time for this and that. For the most part this is a good thing. Organization helps us be more productive and avoid missing important tasks and appointments.

For the most part…. But maybe a bit of chaos is also a good thing?

The Leading Blog published a post on December 12, 2014 about The Chaos Imperative. It is a book by Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack. The book suggests that some chaos in our lives can be a good thing.

Here is a bit of the blog post…

Our brains need white space to think creatively.

We need white space to think more deeply and completely.

Leading With Intention In The Chaos Imperative, co-authors Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack say that “if we want to foster creativity and innovation in our own lives, we too need a bit of chaos.” We need organization and routines to be sure, but we also need “pockets of chaos”—“places where structure and efficiency are set aside or blocked off to create a more organic process that allows new ideas to come to the fore.” What Brafman calls “organized serendipity.”

We could actually use more of this white space not only in our organizations, but in our homes, schools and personal lives as well. In one study, “researchers discovered that the children with more recess time learned more, developed better emotional and cognitive skills, were healthier, behaved better, and managed stress better.” The problem is that it seems counterintuitive to us; like we’re not doing our job; we’re slacking off. But if you, as a teacher, a parent, or a leader think of your job as an opportunity to draw out ideas from others, to listen and to connect, it makes a lot of sense.

Read the rest of the post here.

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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.