October 14, 2018

Nudging with UI

The shopping cart emoji on a stores folder evokes a pleasing sensation — while using the credit card emoji does give me pause.

Renaming my folders with emojis is a fun test. But using symbols that not necessarily represent what’s inside them, rather than trying to influence my behavior with emojis that are attractive or disagreeable — is my real experiment.

October 13, 2018

One Small Step Today

Leaving your next day clothes ready the evening before is probably the best productivity advise I learned at Procter & Gamble. I did so by accident — my boss casually mentioned some of the learnings from a manager’s training she attended.

Almost 15 years later, a simple lunch comment has stayed with and affected most of my work life.

October 9, 2018

Push Back on Time

Some days there’s not enough time for all the things you plan to do, but make sure you push back by doing the things you want to do.

Time can bend. The strict calendar rectangles hide moments in between.

And the feeling of fighting time and winning once in a while makes it worth trying.

October 8, 2018

No Pressure

That’s probably the last thing someone says before telling you something that does make your blood pressure go up.

It might be uncomfortable but sometimes it’s necessary to transmit the importance of a result.

When you hear no pressure, don’t focus on the perfect outcome — that could be paralyzing. Make sure you can continually update those who decide the expected outcome given any changing conditions.

October 7, 2018

Disconnected Bliss

Traveling without roaming is among my top 10 first world worst problems. But being offline for the last 24 was a gift. I was present in time and space with those around me, and I channeled my impulses to check the data-less iPhone to interact more with them.

Enjoying the airport WiFi like a good meal after a fast, but the was something during the break that I want to explore more.

October 5, 2018

Good Friendly Lessons

Not all good lessons come from dead greek philosophers. Here’s three things childhood friends said that have stuck with me over the years.

On being a good teacher:

Don’t ask did you understand?, ask did I explain myself?.

On a good marriage:

Never keep score. That’s not how the game is played.

On good parenting:

It’s a destination, so don’t try to get there in a straight line. There’ll be lots of course corrections.