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Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform our Lives

Tim Harford

Riverhead Books, 2016

 

Today’s workplace likes to focus on lean and organized. In Messy, author Tim Harford, an English economist and journalist, explores another viewpoint. He makes a case for the benefits that come from less rigid ways of operating.

In his chapter on creativity Harford discusses how to stay productive.  One way is to change subject areas. Work with something new and unfamiliar can create greater alertness. It’s a good strategy to work on multiple projects at different stages. If you hit a road block in one project you can seamlessly switch to something else. This also allows for cross pollination of ideas between projects.

 

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Words of Wisdom

When you listen to someone, it is the most profound act of human respect.


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William Ury

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