I noticed something interesting the day I was confined to just 13â€ of screen space. Even though I couldnâ€™t see everything I needed to operate and reference at once, I became more focused. Only seeing one window at a time enabled me to mentally hunker down on the task at hand. My actions felt purposeful; my decisions, deliberate. Surprisingly, my productivity didnâ€™t suffer. I did slow down, but also experienced a calm efficiencyâ€”similar to that which is required when fastening the innumerable rows of snaps on a screaming babyâ€™s pajamas. If you rush, youâ€™re going to mess up; if you miss snaps, itâ€™s going to take longer. And rushing makes you sweat. Never let the baby see you sweat.
Walton usually does his design work on a 27-inch iMac but it broke down for a day. Going from a 27-inch LCD with 2560×1440 pixels down to a 13-inch with much less could be limiting. And that’s exactly what happened: he was forced to limit his focus on the task at hand one task at a time. In his post he shares more secrets to his unitasking success.