Outside of scientific contexts, I’m just not a fan of the metric system. Feet and inches feel intuitive for most objects that I handle on a daily basis.
Likewise Fahrenheit is more natural with a great range of degrees for the climates most people live in. Water freezing at zero and boiling at a hundred in Celsius doesn’t do anything to simplify my life.
One quote to mull from the article, although the whole thing is worth reading:
The spectre of life without work has fuelled many utopian schemes for centuries. But there’s also a pragmatic rationale – we simply don’t need to work as much to produce what we need and want as we once did. Long hours serve a political and cultural agenda as much as they do an economic imperative. Transcending a long-hours economy will, in the process, transform our ideological commitments to work, offering different lessons about ‘time well spent’.
Not directly related, but I’ve recently been working with Americans more than at any point over the past decade. The cultural need to talk about work, appear busy and what amounts to productivity porn is real. Incidentally, they are some of the least productive people I know.
Three months after release, the latest version of Big Sur contains a software fix for the iPhone/iPad sync issue that would have been an M1 dealbreaker for me. Good, of course. But shouldn’t testing have caught this long before release?
The COVID lockdowns have been a mad rush to protect the interests of the primarily older upper middle class. Putting your life on pause for a couple of years in your 20s is catastrophic, in your 50s not so much.
Last in line for vaccines and with schools and universities shuttered, young people have borne much of the burden of the sacrifices being made largely to protect older people
In the United States, a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds said they had seriously considered suicide.
The lasting effects on suicide rates, depression and anxiety are still being measured, but in interviews, a dozen mental health experts in Europe painted a grim picture of a crisis that they say should be treated as seriously as containing the virus.
We may realize in the coming years that the lockdowns were far worse for society than the virus ever was and highlights a slow shift in our values away from investing in to future to paying anything to protect the status quo for boomers.
By the way, Meg Jay’s TED talk about not wasting your 20s was incredibly important for me during those formative years.
Imagine if all managers were kept on an island four days a week. They’d give each other presentations about leadership, congratulate each other, pour our over spreadsheets, talk about mentorship and growth. The only catch is that it’s a retreat — no contact with their teams.
The productivity and happiness gains among their teams would be unprecedented. And then the following week, the managers could talk about how their leadership brought about this uptick in productivity.
I like Google calendar at work. If everyone in an organization uses it, scheduling meetings with multiple people is easy. The calendar shows you when they’re free, without having to play “does 3 o’clock work for you” ping pong.
In organizations with too many meetings — or where looking busy is valued above productivity — people start to add fake meetings to their calendar. To fight this cultural problem, it’s common to block off work time, a lunch break or whatever.
Now I’m back to square one and writing to half a dozen people, “ok, I looked at your calendar but when are you really available to meet?”
The problem isn’t that people want time to actually work and have lunch; the problem is that if you don’t explicitly schedule time for those, low value meetings will fill the empty space on your calendar.
An office prank led me to write a quick AppleScript (yes, we’re all nerds). Scanning through the documentation sparked an idea that was completely unrelated but helped solve a much bigger problem. Having an afternoon lull let the people who could move the solution for the bigger problem hack out a proof of concept.
As optimization becomes the highest value, we’re killing the chance encounters that lead to creativity and innovation. If everything is optimized for today, there will never be enough resources for tomorrow’s opportunity.
Good UX writing is subtle and easy to overlook. Bad product writing is obvious.
I’m looking at a new connection’s profile on LinkedIn. This text has the voice and tone of a dating app, not a professional tool. Even if it were properly targeted at a recruiter, the intent is not “profiles anytime, anywhere”, it’s to make it easier to view the right profiles. The last thing anybody wants is a work app open “anytime, anywhere”.
Ignore the fact that culturally similar countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US) have had vastly different outcomes. Nope, it’s not incompetent leadership and poverty (lockdowns are for the rich, after all). Peasants who get corona just didn’t follow the rules.