We have access to so much of virtually anything that it needn’t take long before dissatisfaction with what we already have kicks in, and the feedback loop closes more frequently.
As we experience new mobile apps, computer interfaces and other technologies, more ideas on how to make things work, look, and feel better come to mind.
If a user interface remains exactly the same throughout its (arguably short) lifetime, chances are we might want to move on to a better one (Craigslist being an exception rather than the rule.)
We love seeing new features being added to the applications we use on a daily/weekly basis, yet spend very little time applying those same design principles to our own lives.
Annnd that’s a lost opportunity considering how much more screen time we’ve been “enjoying” during this year’s pandemic.
Let’s add some spices to your day-to-day experiences
Let’s feel excited about a new day!
Update your work laptop screensaver with a completely different photo.
Get off your public transport one stop early and walk the rest.
Move objects around in your house so you access them differently.
Update your password to something silly.
Redesign your phone screen experience 😱
Every month I go through a process of minimizing distractions and reprioritizing applications I use on the first page of my screen by moving around, adding, or deleting apps.
I look at what my most essential needs are on a particular month, and analyze which apps I really need to access frequently to fulfill those needs.
Personally, the more of the same I see on my phone, the more annoyed I get. So I change it up.
I prioritize usage based on three need states:
Apps I use every day ➡️ Home screen
E.g. Personal finance, music, taking notes
Apps I use frequently but don’t *need* every day ➡️ Keep them in the library
E.g. Instagram, Meetup, email, productivity tools (all of which I turn notifications off for to avoid unnecessary distractions)
Interfaces I check irregularly and don’t need an app for ➡️ DELETE 🗑
E.g. Facebook, news (plenty of it on social media already, unless needed to make business decisions)
Engage all of your senses to experience things differently
Despite hundreds of millions still in lockdown, there are plenty of ways we can go about adding excitement to our daily routine, even when confined within the walls of your own home.
Much like the phone screen experiment, it’s the little things that often make the biggest difference.
What you see; how you access tangible and intangible elements; what you listened to… they all come together to define our day-to-day experience.
Trying taking your Zoom calls from a different environment by either moving to a different place or updating the environment within which you place yourself.
Your ability to take control of your own environment by designing it in ways that fit your changing needs will go a long way towards how you approach everything else in life.
Building the self-awareness of realizing that something we’ve been experiencing for a certain period of time no longer produces the same level of excitement than it once did is critical to shaking up our routines and, consequently, our own well-being.