It seems the frequently touted 'linear thinking' is often a requirement of the business world. The simple truth is that you need both linear and creative thinking in business...and life.
We all use both sides of our brain. It's just that one side tends to dominate the other. Awareness of your style or learning difference is the first step in creating an effective, user-friendly organizing system for yourself.
Creatives are frequently visual processors. This is important to remember when getting organized. It's not wrong, bad or ineffective, it's just a different style and sometimes requires different tools. You may not always clear your desk…but try setting up visually triggered systems that work for your style. We depend on you for those creative thoughts and wouldn't want anything to interfere!