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Finding pace and peace with rituals

Last week Micheal Schecter from A Better Mess wrote a post called Find the Ritual In Your Routine. I have been thinking a lot about that piece. I have mostly been thinking about my own habits and the affect they have on me. What I have found with some habits is they have a similar result on me as the Getting Things Done Methodology. A quieter brain. If I don’t have to think about them they do not bounce around and produce undue anxiety.

Michael is right about how the routines can be heavy but my thought is there can be some huge benefits in terms of the routine.

Our routines can weigh on us. At first their consistency can be a comfort, but over time it tends to grow into something we dread. You can try shaking things up, but inevitably many aspects of our lives become routine.

Some of my habits/routines:

  • Carry habit: iPhone in left front pocket, keys in right front pocket, wallet in right rear and fieldnotes in the left. Maintaining this “habit” prevents me from worrying were things are. Also prevents that TSA-like pat down we all give ourselves when we are looking to see if we have everything before we leave the house.

  • Setting up a landing zone: This is a simple place where when you get home from work you dump all your stuff in your pockets. This way I always know where it is.

  • Coffee habit: I almost always get a grade quad Starbucks Ristretto Americano with vanilla in it(sorry @marcoament). The odd thing here is when I place the top on the cup I make sure the pour spout is 180 degrees opposite the cup seam. This way when I grab the coffee in the car I can use my fingers to make sure I know where the spout is before I raise it to my mouth. Preventing a hot mess in my lap.

  • Coffee Habit #2: I usually get coffee 2x a day. Morning and afternoon. Part of the process of getting coffee gets me out of my head and allows for a temporary change of scenery. While many might find this distracting, this generally allows me to step away from the work at hand and think about it differently for a few minutes.

These are silly examples. Perhaps OCD like ways to tame your mind to allow you to focus on other things, or maybe they are just nuts. I think everyone has routines, and I am willing to bet no two are exactly alike. But the key thing is:

I agree with Michael in the value of separating the items into have and want items. Trying to find the balance is the difficulty I suspect many of us go through.

photo credit: pierofix via photo pin cc

The New Microsoft…same as the old.

Yesterday the new Microsoft logo was introduced. I have seen a lot of mentions to thenew look. After reviewing it I only had one feeling – flat. I don’t mean 2 dimensionally flat although it is but more un-inspiring, lacking interest, more of the same.

Changing or updating your logo is not an insignicant thing. It affects the company in updating packages, websites, supporting material (business cards, letter head). More importantly it affects who your consumers see you.

Microsoft waited 25 years for this update and personally I think they failed. It lacks originality, it does not offer and unique visual queues or say anything about the company of note. I think Andrew Kim did a much better job over the course of one week

Rumoured new iPhone –>

I am not a huge fan of the rumor mill when it comes to Apples new products.  There was a time when I was more I admit.  But now the level of speculation, I think is out of control.  With all the hype also usually brings a lot of people disappointment depending on where they stand with the rumors.  

If the rumors are correct, then when product “X” comes out people are often let down because it has been in the news cycle for a long time that it does not seem like a big deal.  If the sites are wrong people also can be disappointed because Apple did not do this thing or that thing.  Its feels a lot like opening your presents under the Christmas tree before you are supposed to.  

The other day “new” images leaked of the reported new iPhone 5 (or the new new iPhone depending on what Apple calls it).  

All I have to say is that if this ends up being the new iPhone I would enjoy it.  It appears to be a little larger, a little thinner, smaller connector and headphone jack on the bottom.  I think one of the things I like the most is the apparent material looks as is it has a magnesium finish on it. 

Carabiner Key

I love it when someone takes a common everyday item and makes it better.  Looking forward to getting one of these.

Carabiner Key:

Leave it up to Scott Amron to improve the humble key: if the Split Ring Key doesn’t quite suit your fancy, he’s designed a Carabiner Key (Keybrid) that can link independently to keyrings, belt loops, shoelaces… you name it. While there is no price posted currently, orders are being taken, so leave your name and email at the Amron Exptl. website if you’re interested.

(Via Better Living Through Design)

‘Google Tracked iPhones, Bypassing Apple Browser Privacy Settings’

Clearly this falls under do no evil don’t you agree?

‘Google Tracked iPhones, Bypassing Apple Browser Privacy Settings’:

Julia Angwin and Jennifer Valentino-DeVries for The Wall Street Journal:

To get around Safari’s default blocking, Google exploited a loophole in the browser’s privacy settings. While Safari does block most tracking, it makes an exception for websites with which a person interacts in some way—for instance, by filling out a form. So Google added coding to some of its ads that made Safari think that a person was submitting an invisible form to Google. Safari would then let Google install a cookie on the phone or computer.

Given all the privacy issues Apple has faced this week, with the address book issues, you have to think they are pissed about this one. This was a pretty self-serving and short-sighted move by Google.

Can’t wait to see how this one plays out.

(Via The Brooks Review)