Pulled this here this from this:
Piles are living, breathing archives. Over time, they get broken down and resorted, sometimes chronologically and sometimes thematically… the messy desk is not necessarily a sign of disorganization. It may be a sign of complexity: those who deal with many unresolved ideas simultaneously cannot sort and file the papers on their desks, because they haven’t yet sorted and filed the ideas in their head.
I have a desk?