Productivity & Work Writing

Reacting against modernity? Wait.

Those that intentionally resist change sometimes end up paying the price for sticking with the status quo. Consequently, they end up making their lives more inefficient and even more stressed.

As creators, we need to balance the use of both contemporary and traditional tools. To ignore one over the other puts us at a severe disadvantage.

For example, if we work with pen and paper we may struggle to visualize the end product. Software enables makers, helping them package concepts and making them feel real.

But if we use the computer exclusively, we’ll miss out on connecting the dots between diverse parts.

Sometimes writing longhand or typing is still not enough. Drawing ideas out helps facilitate and organize our thinking.

“Our writing instruments are also working on our thoughts.”


The pen ultimately instills control. We should try to brainstorm on paper first. Long-hand writing is about disfluency, where the speed of our thoughts paces one of our instruments. The result is a more balanced prose.

The computer is more useful for output. As soon as we have a sketch or rough draft on paper, we’ll finally be able to synthesize it on the computer and give it a digital reality.

The right mix of digital and analog tools makes us more productive and more creative.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.