Creativity Productivity & Work

The Keys Are Still Analog

Faster is better for production. Slower is better for thinking.

Take writing by hand for example. We synthesize and think bigger picture when we write with a pen and pencil rather than with a keyboard. However, we catch all our ideas and hit a flow state when we get into a good rhythm of typing.

To take it a step further, I find that the writing on the mobile device is just the right pace of cognitive thinking and doing. Because we have to type with our thumbs, the writing is slower than a keyboard but also much faster than writing by hand. My thoughts collide with the mobile keyboard and even speed up at intervals because of the predictive text.

As Clive Thompson explains in the video below, knowing what you want to do, whether it’s big picture thinking or note taking or delivering a paper or speech by the end of the day can impact the decision on which tools we use to maximize productivity.

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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.