Format Shifting

You probably have a primary screen where you do everything:  write, work, and play. 

This screen may be your Smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, or even a physical notebook.  

You may even shift freely between devices depending on which is closest. Every experience or piece of data should be transferable across formats.  

However, you probably interpret content differently across devices.

An image uploaded to Instagram looks different than it does on Flickr, mostly due to the crop.  I read quicker and comprehend better on a mobile phone.  This is probably because you can only view one window at at time, harnessing focus.  BUT I'm better at catching my own writing errors on a computer screen.  This could be due to the simple fact that the larger screen allows me to see text more broadly.  

Switching screens also benefits creativity.  If you ever get stuck on an idea, a sentence, an image, and want to see your work from a different perspective, simply move to a different screen; even a different platform.  For instance, write on Tumblr itself instead of a Word document, write in a notebook instead of a digital screen, or view an image on web and print before you publish it to a book.  

Format shifting is a great way to ensure content is universally understandable across any medium.    

How the Hum of a Coffee Shop Can Boost Creativity

the whoosh of espresso machines and caffeinated chatter typical of most coffee shops creates just the right level of background noise to stimulate creativity.

Try Coffitivity, a website that provides ambient coffee house sounds to increase creativity.

Coffee shops inspired J.K. Rowling in writing Harry Potter.

Note:  silence is required for more focused moments:

The benefits of moderate noise, however, apply only to creative tasks. Projects that require paying close attention to detail, like proofreading a paper or doing your taxes…are performed better in quiet environments.

The psychology of workout music

Music helps us perform by taking over a vital piece of the task of moving, the rhythm travels in through our ears and down our auditory pathways to the supplementary motor area. There it joins forces with brain activity that is signalling when to move, helping us to keep pace by providing an external timing signal. Or to use a sporting metaphor, it not only helps us out of the starting blocks but it helps to keep us going until we reach the line.

Music helps the brain better plan movement. Music is the cue.