A more Mindful experience

I recently took a Mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course for leaders called Search Inside Yourself.

It’s a two-day course, and I learnt a ton of really good stuff about Mindfulness, Self awareness, Self management, Motivation, Empathy and Leadership.

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment in the mind, body and external environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness.
– Mindful Nation UK Report

I’m trying to build some new habits around a few of the core ideas that stood out for me personally. Especially five minute meditation, focussed attention, mindful listening, compassionate management and VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environments.

One thing it’s also made me do is take a long hard look at my phone usage. Everything is now stripped back, simplified. Everything is now better.

I’m back on a 4‑inch phone (iPhone SE). I’m carrying a compact camera (Sony RX100 V). So it’s time for a mobile and apps screenshot post. I haven’t had an excuse to do this for 10 years, to the month.

iPhoneSE

Oh yeah… one more… the no devices in the bedroom thing. It’s a biggie. I promise. You really should get into that.

There are lots of people writing and thinking about this stuff right now. That’s not what this is about. I’m simply posting a small change I’ve made, that has helped me in some way. You are all smart and understand the why. Next, I’m hoping to try out this kind of approach on social and email usage.

Read more about what Google is doing
https://wellbeing.google/

Read more about Search Inside Yourself
https://siyli.org/

Here’s an quick overview

How do the best leaders manage change, stay resilient, and inspire growth? Developed at Google by leading experts in neuroscience, business, and psychology, we teach you the practical mindful leadership and emotional intelligence tools to bring out your best. What began as a mindful leadership initiative within Google has spread to over 30 countries and 100 cities around the world. Our training has been proven to: reduce stress, improve focus, raise peak performance, and improve interpersonal relationships.

2018 so far: A collection of projects and things

Usually, I would take a moment to write up some of the ways we approached the work. How we made a thing. Also, how it went. Yet, the first half of 2018 was a little crazy on the number of things we made. We delivered 15 projects. About ten went out into the wild. About five are internal for now. But, if we did our job right, you may start to see them shaping a few things in the future.

I also went on a Twitter hiatus to cut down on noise. To focus on work. But if you want to see more details, I tried to favourite a few work-related tweets on Twitter.

There’s something like 750+ tweets, all chronological.

I’ll come back to everything here later and details. E.g. more videos, links to sites, and more of the work that went out. But for now – here are a few shiny things to press play on.

A huge shout to the Creative Lab team, and our partners.

Waymo 360º Experience

iPhone People Talking Pixel

Draw to Art Installation

NSynth Super

مهارات من Maharat min Google: Digital skills for Arabic speakers, everywhere

Google I/O: Opening Keynote and AI Experiments

Make Google Do It

#GrowWithGoogle: Google Digital Garage: __ Yet

At Google, we use design to…

AIGA, the professional association for design, recognized Google as an exemplary company modeling design’s potential to delight users, inspire visionary products and services, fuel innovation, and improve our world. Google received the AIGA Award at the AIGA Awards Gala on April 20, 2018 in New York City.

We made a video to say thank you. It has a bunch of work by me, my friends at Creative Lab, and across Google.

Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” And we believe design plays a big part in making things accessible and useful for everyone. Find out more at https://g.co/design. And check out the description below the video for a list of projects featured.

Google SOS Alerts

Something new.

Happy to have played a small part in this. The team work on developing the idea, naming, branding, language, and created some some high level UX/UI and design guidelines to help this important feature rollout consistently across our platforms and products.

World Refugee Day 2017

Something new.

Since September 2015, Google has been working with humanitarian organizations to respond to the refugee crisis. On World Refugee Day, we made 2 films to help share an update on a few ongoing initiatives.

You can read the full Google blogpost here.

NetHope: Providing Internet access to refugees

Refugee.Info Hub: Providing vital information to refugees

Really proud of these ones.

Speak to Go: A WebVR Experiment

Something new.

WebVR Experiments

Something new.