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Jun 03, 2019 00:52:10

Thinking on A3 paper

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Haider Al-Mosawi

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Whenever I feel my brain is scattered and there's too much to think about, I like to pull out some A3 papers and start mapping out different areas of my life, projects, tasks, etc. This gives me enough space to think and spread out across the page the more I drill down and explore my mind and my commitments.

I once attempted to use flip chart paper because I felt my life got REALLY complicated. But that size of paper requires a lot of room on the desk and it's hard to reach the far ends of the paper. This adds too much friction for me.

I tried using digital solutions, but I may need a bigger screen to make that work. I want to see the full picture of my commitments all at once. Having to scroll to different parts of a document or a mind map misses the point for me.

Having said that, I would point out that it's easy to get caught up in planning and over-planning, trying to see the big picture, when I also need to identify specific tasks to complete every day so I can feel satisfied with what I've accomplished for the day.

What do you use to clarify your big picture for your life and work?

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    @haideralmosawi A3 is an interesting approach. My process is always in Evernote, because I am too lazy to digitize them later (I use this Evernote template https://www.evernote.com/l/AAZu5VTM-qRCwaXc396MU2KQ4tsO-kUtjaQ)

    Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | Jun 03, 2019 12:20:16
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      @santhoshguru Great template. Thanks for sharing! The reason I use A3 is because paper is super flexible in terms where I can write and changing color, text size, and making quick doodles with ease.

      I don't have to digitize everything, but it gives me a sense of what I'm working on.

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Jun 04, 2019 14:19:24
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    @haideralmosawi Why use paper when you can use the IdeaPaint wall.. screens don't get much bigger than that :P
    Come to think of it, I'd love to map out my life on the wall and look at it after I've added everything relevant and see how it all adds up (I've only journaled about it, never really drew or mapped it out). The only downside would be having to erase it.
    Also, bigger screens reminded me of the fail Samsung Flip we used XD

    Zainab Mirza avatar Zainab Mirza | Jun 03, 2019 01:11:42
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      @zainabmirza Good point about the wall. But maybe because most of the stuff is too personal. 😬

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Jun 03, 2019 04:03:29
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