Organization & it’s side effects
My room is, to my understanding, a physical representation of my mind. And it’s absolutely a mess. I leave jeans on the ground, stretched out if they can be re-used; or in a pile, meaning “wash!” (eventually). And, just like it always happens, I think I’m the only person in the world that has a unique behavioral pattern… until I Google it and find it’s not a trait, but a common disorder treatable by some pill.
In the same way I can understand whether or not to wash my jeans, I can remember exactly where I left that fucking pen, given that I can see it from any angle in my room. That means, of course, I throw the pen to the floor. If I can find it in the middle of what to your eyes is a chaos, one could argue organization is relative. If every person has their own way of note-taking, which is meant to be read most likely only by himself, imagine what other unique methods and shortcuts each person has, that are not meant to be understood or accepted by others.
That takes me to scheduling and work hours. Back in High School, I used to be late every day, by exactly 1 minute. That didn’t mean I woke up 10 minutes too late, but that I dropped my notebooks on the way out of the car. I spent so many Fridays cleaning classrooms in detention, I wanted to join the maintenance crew’s union. Here’s where my brilliant proposition comes into the picture.
What if schedules and work hours could be personalized? If on average I arrived at 8:01, why couldn’t my personal school hour be 8:01 to 3:31? I bet I could cope with the same amount of work as everyone else. Then If I got to school at 8:02 I could be late. Here’s where the corporate mind interjects, "So then I could show up at 9, and the next guy at 10, and then nobody shows up to school!" Well, as long as anyone can keep up with the workload and pass the tests, then what’s the difference? "The respect! The tradition, 8:00 AM is 8:00 AM, not 8:01, not 7:59! 8!!!" Screams the McDonald’s manager in disbelief.
I think the individual mind will reign over the hive mentality of corporations in the near future. Schedules that are flexible and personal will become accepted as the UN will declare the day to have 25 hours, as 24 aren’t enough to make up for traffic. A “creative” office will behave more like a dorm living room, where people come and go and input their ideas, pin some to a corkboard, and then watch some TV. There will be no more 9 to 5, because one guy will live 45 minutes away, and the other 20, but an hour and a half away during rush hour. Also, not every person is productive or creative during the day. What if I had a brilliant idea at 4 am and wanted to share it with coworkers? If there was someone to “ping-pong” my ideas with until we got something brilliant, we could get eureka moments during the twilight hours. Great products could surface as employees are at the office during their favorite moments, and they could enjoy working a whole lot more in a less crowded environment, with less phones ringing and less delivery men asking for signatures. Perhaps they enjoy the chaotic environment, and are there at 8 A.M. sharp ready for some noise. Of course, this model couldn’t work for cubicle environments, but what if corporations began to behave like ad-hoc start-ups? What if the world began to function at random hours, and we’d have no more rush hour, no more stock market, no more appointments at the dentist? I digress. Some options are viable, some are too far fetched, but perhaps we can start by placing the pens on the office floor.