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A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits Of Disorder Hardcover – 28 Dec 2006

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (28 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297852043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297852049
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.4 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 931,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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..if you have a tendency to be messy and have already broken your new year resolutions to be neater in future, it will certainly make you feel better about your natural inclinations... The authors of this book trawl the furthest reaches of psychology, management studies, biology and physics to show why a bit of disorder is good for you. (THE ECONOMIST)

the authors conclude that there is an ideal level of messiness that makes any system more robust and productive... I would say more on the subject but I seem to have lost my pen somewhere in the detritus towering above me (STEVEN POOLE THE GUARDIAN)

Forget everything we told you last week about the importance of a clean and paperless office. In A PERFECT MESS: THE HIDDEN BENEFITS OF DISORDER, Eric Abrahamson and David H Freedman set out to prove that a little disorder makes us more productive than tight schedules, neatness and tidy desks. (THE GUARDIAN)

a series of case studies challenging the conventional logic that businesses need good organisation. (DAILY EXPRESS)

an entertaining and convincing attack on conventional wisdom. Read it and you need never again feel guilty about your untidy desk or non-existent lesson plan. (TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT - MAGAZINE)

I hope his book becomes a bestseller. It is time that someone challenged the tautology that order is good, therefore it is good to have order. Mess equals possibility and I look forward to a long and profitable career as a professional disorganiser. (DAISY GOODWIN SUNDAY TIMES)

there is something seductive in this book on the hidden benefits of disorder... a strangely tempting vision. (NICHOLAS BLINCOE DAILY TELEGRAPH - BOOK OF THE WEEK)

it might just be the Small is Beautiful of the noughties. (THE HERALD)

a messy desk is a far more efficient filing system tahn any number of labelled cabinets - it reflects the way people's brains are organised and allows for serendipitous discovery through random connection. (FINANCIAL TIMES)

it's impossible not to be charmed (TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)

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