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.

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.

Alan Partridge on ‘Interaction Design’

Alan illustrates a hierarchy of alerts within the dashboard / fascia control system of the Rover 200. Wait for the reaction to the 2nd suggestion from Lynn.

In the Linton Travel Tavern car-park Alan is completely bored and has called Lynn into the car for some ‘paid conversation’. He’s further exasperated as he doesn’t know why his Rover make an alarm noise when he turns the key in the ignition. For the last ten minutes, he’s been exploring the possible reasons for the alarm. Lynn’s suggestions serve only to force Alan to explain a few things about in-car control systems.

SenseWall. More than Multi-Touch

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8660060&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=00adef&fullscreen=1

SenseWall (preliminary) from Tiago Serra on Vimeo.

I love a bit of this.

Read the detail over at Create Digital Motion:

http://createdigitalmotion.com/2010/06/sensewall-open-free-platform-for-multi-touch-more-wants-your-work/

5 Music Apps for the iPad

Guilty as charged, an iPad post on the launch weekend. Bear with me – I’ll keep it short. Videos only!

Korg iEelectribe

RDJDJ RJC1000

Mixr

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf

AirHarp

GrooveMaker

Early days yet but it could be a great device for learning / reading / playing.

LifeStream by Experientia

via youtube.com

Snazzy lifestream interface by Experientia. Like it, but it looks a bit overblown and complex at the moment. Interesting though.

Blurb below:

Experientia designed and prototyped an interactive interface for visualising large quantities of information.

The first phase of the project created a benchmark document that presented a gallery of existing visualisation models and current methods of representing data.

After an initial design phase, involving co-creative workshops and concept generation, Experientia combined all their insights into a sophisticated visualisation prototype, together with a video presentation of the interface features, using software such as Flash and Processing.

“The deliverables are top-notch through and through — thinking, content, findings, approach, design, layout — everything is beautifully executed. I am so impressed. … [Experientia’s] are the best deliverables the Concept Development got in the year I worked there.”

Jenny Dunlop, past manager of the Vodafone Concept Development Group.

More here: http://experientia.com/projectsandclients/lifestream/

Windows 7 Sneak Preview

Microsoft have dropped the word Vista from all their advertising; but under the hood they’re making changes too.

It was big news when they removed bundled apps from Window 7 so they can focus on the core OS; meaning faster development and quicker smaller updates.

They’re also making smaller important UI tweaks and improvements.

Windows 7 Preview Taskbar

http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=61761

Windows 7 Window Resizing

http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=61761

Window 7 Preview Gestures

http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=61761

Nice easy wins from Microsoft. I hope the Mac team are paying attention.

via Lifehacker