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September 08, 2008

Think Bigger

I've recently upgraded (the understatement of the year) to an Apple Cinema 30 inch display and I can't describe how much of a positive difference it has had on my work. Just the ability to see multiple windows at the same time has been a tremendous time-saver.

So, since I know a bigger screen helps me to work faster, I decided to try a another "does size matter?" experiment. I grabbed a pad of 18"x24" drawing paper and a marker and sat down to do some brainstorming.

What I found is that the extra room on the paper gave me permission to think bigger.
  • Doodles? Check.
  • To Do list? Check.
  • Mindmap? Check.
  • Notes? Check.
All on the same page.

If you've got something you'd like to think about in a different way, go ahead and up-size your canvas. I bet you'll find the extra space will give you (or your clients) more room to be creative. Give it a shot and let me know how it works for you.


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I love that screen, I'm jealous. I've had my eye on it for a while, but have to make due with a laptop screen and an external LCD monitor. Just not the same.

As for going bigger, one of the first things I did when I set up my home office was to make one wall a chalkboard ( ). I'm thinking of changing it into a magnetic whiteboard. (Can you believe they actually have paint for that?)

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