5 Bad Habits That Are Seriously Good for Your Creative Side

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Biting your nails, cracking your knuckles, chewing with your mouth open — we’ve all got our bad habits. And we’re always trying to work on them, reminding ourselves to try and wake up five minutes earlier so there’s more time in the day to get everything done — like the dishes or laundry we’ve been neglecting for the last few days.

But as it turns out, some of those quirks can actually be good for you… and some of them can show that you're bursting with creativity. We guess bad habits aren’t always so bad for us after all, huh?

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Which of your faux pas are secretly signs of your creativity? Watch our video to find out.

It's easy to be messy — and a lot of people think messiness is a sign of laziness. But in reality, it's actually a sign of a creative spirit (and, OK, sometimes laziness plays a part). When your room or workspace is disorganized, it shows that you think outside of the box.

"Disorganized people… won’t allow their lives to be dictated by propriety and convention,” John Haltiwanger told Elite Daily. "Messy people aren't lazy, they're actually very imaginative and bold."

A cluttered desk can inspire creative ideas simply by spreading your belongings out in front of you. Remember last week's post-it note you jotted down? Did some inspiration just bubble up based on a receipt from an old grocery trip? But your workspace also sheds light on your thought processes.

"The various piles on a messy desk can represent a surprisingly sophisticated informal filing system that offer far more efficiency and flexibility than a filing cabinet could possibly provide," Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman wrote in A Perfect Mess.

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If your desk is too organized, Kathleen Vohns, PhD, found it can suggest that you play by the rules and within conventions. In comparison, "Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights."

So don't be ashamed of your mess — even if it looks like a tornado swept through the room. It can actually be a sign of a creative brain. Just make sure all the trash is in the bin where it belongs.