If your desk is a mess, you’re probably a genius

The saying that cleanliness is next to Godliness might not be totally accurate. Although society praises decluttering and organizing, the reality of your workspace cleanliness could have a huge, subconscious impact on how you think. And if you’re a messy person, and have a desk to match, you’re probably a genius.

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Racing through milestones

One of the first signs that you may be raising a genius appears very early on in a child's life. Achieving developmental milestones way before predicted can be a sign that your child is ready to be challenged. Eboni Hollier, MD, board certified in developmental and behavioral pediatrics says, "Many parents of gifted children note that they often master developmental milestones at an earlier age than expected. In particular, language skills may be significantly above age level. Many gifted children often develop an extensive vocabulary and speak in complex sentences at an early age," she says.

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Early pattern recognition

Pint-sized geniuses will begin to recognize repetition at an early age but it's not just simple color or shape patterns that catch their eye. Niranjan Reddy, PhD, from SuperBabysuggests that gifted children not only notice patterns and shapes in games and activities but can also see repeated behaviors, activities, and actions more easily than their peers. "Gifted children notice everything, from which bus passes the house after breakfast time to how many bricks can fit inside the toy trunk. They are very good at observing and remembering key information," he says. If you're child's artwork looks like this, you could be raising a genius.

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A detailed knowledge or interest in their favorite topic

Gifted children will often have in-depth knowledge in one particular subject specialism or area of interest. This might mean they can tell you the scientific name of every dinosaur or explain the internal workings of a car engine. Whatever the topic, a child prodigy's knowledge is usually all-encompassing. As an article in Science Daily explains "a prodigy is someone who, by the age of roughly 11, displays expert proficiency or a profound grasp of the fundamentals in a field usually only undertaken by adults." Learn the 10 habits of parents of successful kids.

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Preferring the company of adults or older peers

Gifted children may find it difficult to relate to their peers who may have different interests and abilities. Very smart kids can often feel bored in class as the work is too easy for them and will seek out more stimulating conversation with older peers and adults. You can help your child to make friends with people of all ages by teaching them social skills and empathy.

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Focus and determination

Gifted children have perseverance for sticking with a task or habit until they have mastered it. Sunny Verma, founder and CEO of Tutorbright says, "Gifted children typically have an amazing sense of focus. When given a task, they tend to work on it without distractions until completion. TV, video games, and social media do not divert their attention, allowing them to finish with efficiency." Find out the 8 compliments that actually hurt your kid.

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Leadership skills

Because of their maturity and natural organizational abilities many genius kids will become leaders of industry. Sunny Verma, describes how gifted children, "typically can take charge to find the most effective solution. They also self-regulate their performance making them always look for ways to improve—a desirable trait of leaders regardless of age. Because of this ability, they usually can lead their peers, as they have more confidence in their sense of direction and experience in taking charge."

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They love to read

Just like children's author Roald Dahl's famous child genius heroine, Matilda, child prodigies are voracious readers. They often learn to read quickly and earlier than other children the same age and enjoy reading for meaning and pleasure. If your child has worked their way through Matilda's reading list they may well be genius material! These are the 10 simple ways to get your kid to love reading.

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They are original

A common marker for recognizing a child may be exceptional is that they not only understand advanced work by others but they are also able to offer their own unique and original thoughts and insight into problems and puzzles. An article in Creativity Post finds that geniuses are always looking for new ways to approach problems or to look at the world, "They ask 'How many different ways can I look at it?, 'How can I rethink the way I see it?', and 'How many different ways can I solve it?'"

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They are not perfect

It's worth remembering that even gifted children will still make mistakes, get things wrong, not behave correctly, or have setbacks from time to time. After all they're still kids! Being exceptional doesn't always mean you are exceptional across all curriculum subjects or aptitudes. Your child may be a math prodigy but find music baffling, or they may excel in a range of sports but find reading challenging. The key is to provide balanced opportunities for them to learn and develop. Mallory Kojkowski, Ed.D., director of admissions and outreach at Fusion Academy in Miami, reminds parents that even gifted children have areas of weakness. "Gifted students benefit from advanced cognitive competencies, but may still struggle in areas related to frustration, carelessness, lack of executive functioning skills, or poor concentration skills," she says.

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There is a place for tests

Although testing is only part of the assessment procedure for understanding if your child may be gifted it can be an important marker, especially for school placements. Another test available from ORIG3N, a leader in regenerative medicine technology and consumer genetics assessments, may be able to tell you if your child has exceptional aptitude in a range of subject areas. The BLOOM DNA kitcan assess the genes that impact childhood development in the following areas: aptitude for learning new languages, math ability, memory recall, and other cognitive abilities. Whether or not your child is technically "gifted," they are no doubt a gift to you and their potential is unlimited. Here are 8 signs you're raising an emotionally intelligent child.

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According to a University of Minnesota study, a neat and tidy desk is more likely to make workers do what’s expected of them—in this case, donating some money to charity when given the option, and opting to snack on a healthy apple instead of a junky candy bar. You can see this theory in practice among staid, sterile environments like your doctor’s waiting room, or any given Apple Store (a clean, symmetrical environment that psychologically insists you don’t, ironically, “think different”).

But a messy desk, the research suggests, is far from useless clutter. When asked to brainstorm new uses for an old product (ping pong balls, in the study), workers in disorderly spaces consistently generated more innovative and creative ideas than their organized counterparts. Simply put: creativity loves chaos. And creativity is a hallmark of most geniuses, according to Arif Dalvi, MD, MBA, of the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute. Having a messy desk is one of the signs you’re smarter than you think.

The idea that a little clutter is good for the mind is consistent with anecdotal evidence, too. For starters, take a look at Einstein’s brilliant mess of a desk, along with a messy heap of other creativity studies. To name one notable example, researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered the average level of sound at a bustling coffee shop—70 decibels—distracts your brain just enough to quiet your internal censors and make way for more abstract thought (long story short: you are literally more creative in coffee shops). A similar mechanism could be in effect when faced with the visual “background noise” of a messy desk. All the junk in your periphery gives the front of your mind something to subtly process without becoming too distracted, potentially providing more room for your weirder thoughts to creep out.

“We are all exposed to various kinds of settings, such as in our office space, our homes, our cars, even on the Internet,” study co-author Kathleen Vohs concludes. “Whether you have control over the tidiness of the environment or not, you are exposed to it and our research shows it can affect you.” There are even more positive benefits of being messy.

The post If Your Desk Is a Mess, You’re Probably a Genius appeared first on Reader's Digest.

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What your desk says about your personality

The Minimalist 

Minimalists tend to be highly disciplined, hardworking, and reliable. But beware -- Aalack of personal touches might indicate to bosses that they don’t plan on staying long.

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The Expander

If your items frequently end up in other's spaces, you could be an expander, which means you love being in the center of the room.

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The Personalizer

Do you have almost all personalized items at your desk, like monograms, colorful accents and posters of your favorite celebrities? You may be a personaliser, meaning you’re creative, intelligent, and you love new experiences. Personalizers are also more likely to be satisfied with their jobs.

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The Surveyor

If you prefer your personal space you might be a surveyor. This type of person enjoys little distraction and or interaction but is highly creative and productive.

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The Clutterer

Clutterers tend to be extroverted and welcoming -- they’re messy because they’re social and don’t have time to be clean. 

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