I like this photo because it shows a bunch of tools that used to be considered convenient for people. Now, they just look outdated an inconvenient. So when I look at it, I'm reminded of how the things we view as convenient now will soon be viewed as inconvenient later.
Technology? We love it because it makes life and work convenient, but the problem is, convenience is such a subjective idea. What's convenient for one person may not be for another, and neither side would be right or wrong for saying so. They'd just have different perspectives.
I've come to the conclusion, then, that finding convenience is an art, not a science, and that it plays an important role in creative production. That is, if I want to be at my best creatively, I need to find a space, process, and tools that are most convenient for me, which, may differ drastically from what's convenient for others.
For a while I felt like there was some universally secret convenience formula to getting to that place where the distance between powerful ideas and compelling execution as small as possible, until I realized that the only formula I need is the one I already have.
The places I like to go. The books I like to read. The gadgets I like to use. The blogs I like to check up on.
All of these things make creativity convenient for me. For others? I'm sure some of them might be an inconvenience.