Now, What Do I Do?
It is believed that we spend so much time on our devices because we don't actually know what else to do. Most of us plan our day around what we need to get done, much of which involves a phone, tablet or desktop computer. Isn't it sad to think that our boredom is such that we will avoid it at all costs and fill our downtime with our phones? Boredom is such a necessity for creative, inspiring ideas to form and come to light. Tonight when you are planning for tomorrow consider planning something to do when you disconnect from the screen. What would you do instead with the four hours a day (on average) that we spend on devices? Plan it out - you can sit, read, listen to a podcast, draw, journal, daydream, help someone, create, cook, review your purpose, focus on what matters to you, put some proper planning into a holiday, be of real service to others. Plan how you will use your time away from your device. © GB
Write For You And You Alone
In today's age of sharing, we often write or create to impress others. Rarely do we write to express our true self, what we think, and how we feel. When we don't get the likes, we feel disheartened, unconfident, and in some cases even depressed. Whether it be in your journal, a presentation you are creating, a message to a friend, or a diary note in your gratitude journal as you close the day - write for you and you alone. Take a page from Lori Lansens who wrote, "write…as if you'll never be read. That way you'll be sure to tell the truth." © GB
Can Design Solve Loneliness?
It seems that our current lifestyle and approach to work has created an age of loneliness, which has been dubbed an epidemic. Designers are approaching the physical space around us to foster meaningful connections as a way to cure this loneliness. We see it in corporate business, collaborative working spaces, and in common areas. Can design solve this problem of loneliness? Surely human connection is the antidote for this lack of personal connection. Recently on The Mojo Radio Show, I interviewed Jeff Nichols, a world leader in exercise physiology and a former US Navy Seal. He at one time was in the darkest of places but now can see the light. He shared his view on getting beyond the darkness. He said we should ask people, even strangers "how are you doing?" When people say "I'm fine" his reply was "no, really, how are you doing?" He said we must fight to get past the facade and allow people a genuine connection. Design is one thing, but a true human connection is another. Let's look up from our device, lean into the conversation, listen without waiting for our turn to talk, and be truly curious to know...how are you really doing? © GB
Auditing Your Time
The train is one of my favourite places to disconnect, think, write, produce content, and on some days stare out the window and daydream. Last week I was reading when a girl sat next to me. She spent the 40-minute journey to Central scrolling through Facebook. Let's say she did this for about 10 minutes before boarding, another 10 minutes before she got to the office, a glance at lunch for about 10 minutes, and perhaps she did the same thing on her return home. Do a quick tally of how much time she may have spent on social? For what real value? Do your math. It's funny how people say, "I don't spend much time on socials." But when you do an audit, it is remarkable how much time is lost living in a world of others. Look in the mirror and do your audit. In the case of the girl on the train, let's tally it up and estimate she spent 90 minutes per day on socials. That's 10 1/2 hours a week, conservatively. Now think where we would be if we put that time towards a new skill, recovery, sleep, being of service to others, developing a new art or craft, or immersing ourselves in work. As Seneca said, "life, if well lived, is long enough." © GB