Depending on your practices of orderliness and sloppiness, you may have stereotypes of what each means. If you are an organized person, you take neatness seriously since you cannot do anything in the midst of clutter. You may even look down on sloppy people and judge them as inefficient, ineffective workers. However, if you are a not-so-neat person, you may not have negative ideas about sloppy individuals. In order to be fair in differentiating the two, let us focus on their differences, particularly how they begin their activities and implement their plans as well as how they can also be similar in work quality.
Neat and sloppy people have opposing ways in starting their activities. Neat people abhor mess so before they work, they fix the muddle first. Everything must be in perfect order before they can even start thinking as disorderliness in space intervenes with their thinking. On the contrary, sloppy people do not require clean or organized surroundings to do anything. They can start whatever they have to do immediately by detaching themselves from the disorderliness of their surroundings. It is possible for a sloppy individual to be more productive than neat ones as long as the untidy surroundings will not distract them from their activities. Then again, if sloppy people get easily distracted by the things around them, they can be delayed in their ability to begin their thinking process and other work activities.
Neat and sloppy people are also different in how they implement their plans. Most likely, neat people produce and follow detailed schedules and may dislike sudden changes in their plans. Perhaps, some of them may also be inflexible and could be easily stunted by sudden problems. Sloppy people, on the other hand, may still have some sort of schedule, especially if they are working in a corporate world or have their own business. However, unlike organized people, sloppy ones may have significant flexibility since they are used to changes. When something unusual or bad happens, they may have very extreme reactions though. Sloppy people can either be able to easily adapt or they can also be thwarted in the same way neat people would be since they have a cluttered mindset.
Despite these differences, neat and sloppy people may share the same quality of performance depending on several factors. Neat people can be excellent performers if they are go-getters who can truly stick to their plans whatever challenges there may be in their lives. They may encounter problems but because they are organized, they also have a systematic way of dealing with them. On the other hand, sloppy people can also do well in their performance even if they lack serious organizing skills if they have an uncanny ability to concentrate and finish high-value work in a very short period of time. However, if they start many things at once due to sloppiness, they can have poor work outcomes. The quality of work results can greatly depend on the ability of the person to achieve his/her goals despite problems and distractions.
Sloppiness should not always be equated to bad work because there are people who are disorganized but can be amazingly focused when they want to; nonetheless, it pays to be neat to reduce distractions in your life and workplace. Still, your way of working depends on your identity and goals. If you are the kind of person who can work in the middle of messiness, you can do that unless you are in an office, then you should keep your things in some order to avoid diverting co-employees and bosses. Otherwise, do not be too obsessed with either cleanliness or slovenliness, and focus on your work and plans to become successful and happy.