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[Harford, Tim]のMessy: How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World (English Edition)
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The urge to tidiness seems to be rooted deep in the human psyche. Many of us feel threatened by anything that is vague, unplanned, scattered around or hard to describe. We find comfort in having a script to rely on, a system to follow, in being able to categorise and file away.

We all benefit from tidy organisation - up to a point. A large library needs a reference system. Global trade needs the shipping container. Scientific collaboration needs measurement units. But the forces of tidiness have marched too far. Corporate middle managers and government bureaucrats have long tended to insist that everything must have a label, a number and a logical place in a logical system. Now that they are armed with computers and serial numbers, there is little to hold this tidy-mindedness in check. It's even spilling into our personal lives, as we corral our children into sanitised play areas or entrust our quest for love to the soulless algorithms of dating websites. Order is imposed when chaos would be more productive. Or if not chaos, then . . . messiness.

The trouble with tidiness is that, in excess, it becomes rigid, fragile and sterile. In Messy, Tim Harford reveals how qualities we value more than ever - responsiveness, resilience and creativity - simply cannot be disentangled from the messy soil that produces them.

This, then, is a book about the benefits of being messy: messy in our private lives; messy in the office, with piles of paper on the desk and unread spreadsheets; messy in the recording studio, the laboratory or in preparing for an important presentation; and messy in our approach to business, politics and economics, leaving things vague, diverse and uncomfortably made-up-on-the-spot. It's time to rediscover the benefits of a little mess.


Ranging expertly across business, politics and the arts, Tim Harford makes a compelling case for the creative benefits of disorganization, improvisation and confusion. His liberating message: you'll be more successful if you stop struggling so hard to plan or control your success. Messy is a deeply researched, endlessly eye-opening adventure in the life-changing magic of not tidying up -- Oliver Burkeman [Harford's] best and deepest book -- Tyler Cowen Messy masterfully weaves together anecdote and academic work The Economist Harford urges us to recapture our autonomy ... fascinating ... Harford's argument goes beyond aesthetics, resurfacing over and over in his engrossing narrative -- Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game New York Times A profoundly stimulating canter through why we should all allow a little mess - but not chaos - in our lives, on our desks, and in our minds. A powerful expansion of Harford's previous excellent work, from a fascinating and contrasting viewpoint -- David Halpern It's a very very good book, full of wise counterintuitions and clever insights Brian Eno A charismatic book ... Few writers are better qualified to champion disorder and particularity ... Harford is an elegant and dizzyingly catholic thinker ... entertaining and insightful The Times Tim Harford's brilliant new book -- Viv Groskop The Pool Messy is a book filled with instructive stories in the manner of Malcolm Gladwell New Statesman Messy is an intelligent self-help book designed to cultivate greater tolerance for spontaneity, uncertainty, dissonance and diversity. Harford's evidence-based account transcends the cliches endemic to the genre - or refashions them anew Times Literary Supplement


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  • ページ番号ソース ISBN: 1594634793
  • 出版社: Little, Brown Book Group (2016/10/6)
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Embrace the chaos 2016/11/2
投稿者 Andrea P. - (
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I can’t resist a new Tim Harford book. I’ve learned a lot from each of his other books, and I’ve enjoyed reading every one of them. I like his writing style, and because his voice is so familiar (he has a show on BBC4) I often hear him speaking when I read his words. It’s pretty nifty. So it was with great anticipation that I pre-ordered Messy and started reading it.

Then Harford played a trick on me - he made me uncomfortable. I like for things to be organized. So there’s a certain amount of clutter I always seem to need to clear away to get down to the work I want to do. Time and again in Messy, I was told that I would be more creative and successful if I let go of the need to organize and basically did the thing I most wanted to do while having a few other projects in the background. Harford showed me how I was doing unnecessary things as a way to avoid doing what was really important. That is not what I wanted to hear from The Undercover Economist. He’s usually much more supportive of my behavior. “Let it go” is not what I expected to hear from him. Honestly, I was thinking about writing a letter of protest.

But by "Chapter 4: Improvisation” I was a convert. There’s a section in Chapter 4 about not stifling the creatives. Apparently, I don’t need a cube farm dictator to stifle me. I’ve been stifling myself. In short, I had a come to Jesus moment with myself, and after reading Chapter 4, I started tearing up lists I’d been making about how I was going to structure my life and my time after I quit my full-time job to work to make a life for myself that is more creative and rewarding. Somehow, after just 4 chapters that included such disparate information as Brian Eno’s randomization card deck, examples of team harmony versus goal harmony, completely ridiculous workplaces set-ups, and a section about how to talk with dementia patients, I was a convert to messiness.

I hope this all works out or at least that The Undercover Economist can, at some point, help me put my life back together if that becomes necessary.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Tacky title, exceptionally good book! 2016/10/29
投稿者 Martin Laurence - (
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You must read this book! Tim Harford's writing style is exceptional. He gets the density of ideas per page just right: a higher density would be overwhelming and a lower density would be long-winded. Few authors are so good at striking such a compromise, consistently, in every book they write.

Messy's main thread is how unexpected (often bad) situations can produce great outcomes. It argues that we should try to provoke such situations to improve our lot, and gives countless vivid examples of this. The one that hits closest to home in my case is changing tasks every few years (or even changing fields of work entirely) keeps employees engaged, on their toes and productive. We don't do enough of this.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 like those describing the problems with a rigidly fixed approach ... 2016/10/7
投稿者 K. J. DellAntonia - (
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“Messy” isn’t so much an encouragement to disorder as it is the Life-Changing Magic of Coping with Mess. Most of the time, it’s a classic non-fiction book celebrating the power of disorder, difficulty and disarray to inspire creativity, with many an example from music, tech and art, rather than a how-to guide--presumably on the assumption that most of us don’t need one of those! But certain sections, like those describing the problems with a rigidly fixed approach to an organized environment as opposed to the successes that seem to come from a workspace or playspace that you can essentially destroy at will, might inspire you to embrace mess instead of just tolerating it. My favorite chapter involved the power of working on multiple tasks (not multi-tasking, but just having different things going on in different areas), which Harford says can encourage breakthroughs and unusual approaches.
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I've read everything Tim Harford has written (in popular economics), and if I qualify as an educated lay person in economics, it's because of him. I've found this book, and his other book 'Adapt' to be remarkably reassuring and encouraging to a congenitally messy, procrastinating, inclined-to-fail human being. Read it to be enlightened and uplifted!
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5つ星のうち 5.0 I loved this. Tim Harford never fails to deliver and ... 2016/11/15
投稿者 Corrie Shanahan - (
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I loved this. Tim Harford never fails to deliver and this book is no exception. It's chock full of vivid stories and evidence to illustrate his point. I'm so happy realizing that it's okay to be messy and not have everything sorted just right. I am in fact better off with a little creative chaos. Thank you, Tim Harford!
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