Sometimes there’s a piece of technology that I wait to upgrade due to either finances or a lack of interest in the new features. And sometimes, I finally upgrade that piece of tech and realize the jump I’ve made (due to my long drought of upgrades) leads to some fascinating changes to my workflows.
That shift is exactly what I experienced when moving from an iPhone 6s to the iPhone X. Not only did I move to a bigger phone physically but I also went from a 16GB phone to 256GB. That completely changes the way I use the phone and in ways I didn’t expect.
It’s these massive changes that I discuss with Drew on the latest episode of Whims That Work. But you can’t have a chat about an iPhone without talking about home screens.
What I’m reading
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
I imagine this will be on the list next week as well. I’m trying to give it the best chance of success that I can since it’s a 12-week course that I’m doing in two weeks. That means my days are intense with reflection and the like but that I’m taking longer to process this one as well.
Principles by Ray Dalio
I’ve been enjoying this one but at a snail’s pace. The Artist’s Way is consuming a lot more time than I planned so Principles is moving slow. But I’m ok with that.
WTW - 14: A New Toy
It’s new iPhone season and Joe and Drew both found themselves upgrading to the X. So, what would a technology podcast be without a discussion about home screens?
Books added to the list
29 of the Most Gifted and Highly Recommended Books - Farnam Street
This should probably just be a link I put in Words That Challenge but I think it makes more sense in the books section. Farnam Street has been a favorite site of mine for a while and when Shane put together this list of books recommended by his friends, I knew it would be worth my time. I just haven’t taken that time yet.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
Brett McKay of The Art of Manliness blog recently mentioned that this was his favorite book. I’ve read some of Brett’s recommendations before and really enjoyed them so I figured his favorite would at least warrant being added to the list.
How to Think by Alan Jacobs
I was recently listening to an episode of Hurry Slowly (linked below) with Austin Kleon and in that episode Austin mentioned this book. It sounded really interesting and as such, it landed on my list.
Interesting Productivity Guild topics
Trusting my system when I’m too busy in life
Once again, Wilson has some interesting insight to consider. When life gets busy, you need to trust the system and not go with your memory. But that’s a lot easier said than done.
Words That Challenge
005: Austin Kleon - Pencil vs Computer • Hurry Slowly
I feel like I’m linking to Hurry Slowly a lot lately. Jocelyn does an excellent job of verbalizing exactly what I’m thinking about a lot of topics revolving around technology and headspace. This one is especially memorable for me. Austin Kleon joins to talk about the intersection of analog and digital tools, a topic I’m quite enamored with.
Meditation - I’m still going on this one. I’ve had rounds of this that last three weeks before I dropped it with no effect. So no conclusions yet.
Morning Pages - I started this due to reading The Artist’s Way. It’s led me to some interesting realizations and decisions. Right now the interesting result is the removal of email from my phone. I’ve known I should do this for a while but Morning Pages showed me some of my internal dialogue that kept me from removing it. But now? It’s gone.