Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Churchill's Neatness

Something I did not know.

The short article remarks on his sartorial neatness, which might be mainly a function of having a butler, but it also talks about how he keeps his desk neat, which I think might reflect something deeper. The great productivity of Churchill's life seems to have been due to great powers of concentration and the ability to focus on only one task at a time. The ability to do that seems to have a great deal to do with reducing clutter so that other things and matters are not continually intruding on whatever task is one's main focus at the moment. If so, compulsively straightening the papers on one's desk might be part of a larger pattern of behavior that helps one to concentrate and tune out superfluous matters. 

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