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The Sunday Times - Icons
So God Made a Designer
Just something from@Fairhope, AL
If the girl had been worth having she’d have waited for you?’ No, sir, the girl really worth having won’t wait for anybody.F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (via hervana)little blips
Things get more complex before they get simple.
You can see this trend in most technology products. Increasing subtleties and functions are added improving what a product can do. At some point, the complexity is sufficient to force us to focus efforts on simplification (or the benefit great enough that a simpler technology will take over) - while maintaining functionality. Classic menus migrating to context-sensitive menus; the original NES controller, to the xbox controller to Wii and Kinect control, Yahoo’s list-the-web, to Google’s search the web, multiple glasses to photochromic glasses, and so on.
I believe this observation is from Edward De Bono, but I learned it from Darrell Mann. I keep finding it helpful.
Roll limes before squeezing and you’ll get more juice.
Spend time on activities with long-term value first.
Some activities, no matter how much time you spend on them, just keep coming back. These include cleaning, ironing, washing up and watching the news. There’ll always be more tomorrow. If I can, I try to spend time, first, on activities that have a lasting impact, even in a small way. Better to be tired tidying the kitchen than too tired to start that project you care about. If possible, forget about news entirely. I have consistently found that when we’ve been out of touch traveling for some weeks, the world has carried on plenty well enough without me.
Unfortunately, you still have to do the others sometimes, just try not to let them push out the other things. As you can imagine, this leads to a delicate household balance.