I was at a hospital. I asked for an injection showing the prescription. She looked at the paper, said that I have to bring the vial. She went back to the phone screen. She did not see my face. I was a disturbance.
I went to a shop. Asked for the thing. He did not obviously wanted to be taken away from the TV series he was watching. He said ‘No’. Went back to the screen. Customers are most unwelcome.
I had similar experiences in banks, government offices, and street corner shops. Basically everywhere.
It’s time to create filters and get out of the personal bubbles while you are working. When you are serving people. When you are having a conversation with someone. Because it is not so visible to you. Because you are inside the bubble. Someone has to give you the feedback. My feedback was from my wife. When someone says that you are too addicted to the screen, you better think and have filters. Do not shrug it off.
New year wishes are here to stay. No way to avoid it. In fact getting bigger and messier by the year.
WhatsApp, viber, messenger, sms ( still gets a few) and social media feeds go crazy. I want to ‘wish you the same’, but alas there is no reply-all button for wishing back. Will people get offended if I don’t wish them back? There’s like 200 generic send-all wishes. Should I post a ‘thank you all for wishing me a happy new year. I’m sorry I won’t be able to wish each one of you personally. Have a wonderful year’. Only celebrities do that kind of things. Or is it?
There’s an ongoing drama between Apple Inc. and iphone users. Users had complained their phones are getting slowed down. Apple admitted it is a technical glitch, and few customers have sued the company.
Hardware or software issues had nothing to do with what slowed down my phone, it was something else. I’m a Samusung Note fan. Around the launch of Note 8, for about one month, I could feel my existing Note 5 getting slower. My insatiable appetite for the possession of a new shiny Note 8 was slowing down my Note 5. Of course my Note 5 is working pretty fine. I wrestled with my mind for a good one month, before giving up the idea of buying.
In the process I understood the stickiness of modern day marketing bubble. I watched few note 8 videos made my fans on unboxing and performance reviews on youtube. When I went to facebook, ads from local vendors on Note 8 were right on my face. It was literally everywhere. On internet, every click of mine is tracked to deliver me the most tailored suggestions. I am screwed by the algorithms and cookies, because internet tracks my appetite. They feed me with more of it.
At the end of it, I saved Rs. 150,000. That much amount of money is no way an excuse for a few additional premium features. Note 5 is more than fine for me at-least for another year, if it does not die. Here’s the thing, whatever you look for in the internet, that preference will pilfer in to every site you go, as ads. Be alert on your expenses. e-commerce is here to sell, showing amazing deals as if they are here to help you save.
Savings and expenses are two different things not to be confused.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT : When your bank credit card offers you 50% discount on something priced Rs.10,000, and you bought it (there was no need before you saw the offer), you didn't save Rs. 5000, you just spent Rs.5000.
A year is a too long a period to reflect. Nevertheless I did.
2017 has been a mix bag for me. I achieved a lot, made numerous mistakes, learned a lot, and connected to thousands of people. I am grateful for even the meanest of people I met, because they showed me the goodness in people I take for granted. They showed me that I should hang out more with the wonderful souls.
But here’s the learning I had.
A week is too short, a year is way too long ,but a month is perfect.
Perfect to have a full analysis of how you spent your life. So in next year you have 12 opportunities to review and grow. 12 times to check on your new year resolutions.
I used to be a quality connoisseur, when it came to movies. Back in 2002, when VCD was the bomb, I did not give in to camera copies. I would wait diligently for the best version to pop up. When things were in abundance around 2010 with torrents, still I was selective. I needed the best quality ones. I would go to movie theatres even when I could not afford, because I wanted the best quality. Whenever I am out of the country, I visit a IMAX theatre where available. I do not have TV at home for more than 10 years now. I do not intend to buy one in future.
End of 2017, here I am watching movies and TV series on Netflix (mostly) and iflix.
Netflix original TV series content is so good and addictive. I am more in to TV series than movies now. TV series have more time and space to detail out a story in depth. I never thought I would watch TV series on a ipad or a small screen mobile phone, yet I do now. Because I am struggling for time. I do not have time to be in-front of a TV. But I do have unproductive time chunks wasted in traffic. Also in between meetings, waiting in a cafe. It is good to catch up on to a 15 mts of TV time on my mobile. This has replaced my novel reading. I do not know if it is a good thing. But I do know I am looking forward to some good TV content.
Good quality story telling in high definition, easy access, value for money monthly subscription models, tailored suggestions based on my viewing history are all shifting me to digital streaming entertainment. It’s so exciting. It’s my duty to balance it out. Because one can easily get addicted.
A new year always gets us in to make resolutions. We want to be better. Our intentions are most of the time inclined towards our progress. Yet, acting on good intentions need perseverance, committed time and will to succeed.
If we do the same thing we did last year, we would get the same results in the new year.
Common complain is that we do not have time. To do something new, you need to give time from something that is not productive right now. Because, adding a new habit needs time taken off from an existing habit. Not all habits we have right now is productive. So when you chose a new habit, chose a habit to let go as well.
It’s like when you have one space garage. If you want to move a new vehicle, you have to remove the existing vehicle. Your 24 hours is your one space garage.
The hype about information economy is everywhere. The headlines scream some audacious thinking.
Information is the new crude oil.
Data is driving business.
Information is everything. Manage it or die.
The thing is- information is now in abundance. We create enormous amounts of data. No one, even machines can not keep track of the amount of data we create. We create more than what we can consume. So we consume more.
Here’s the catch. If information is the new crude oil, why we are not paying for 99% of the content out there in the internet ?
We trade our attention for the abundance of information. The more information we get, the more attention we give. More the attention, the more income for the tech industry. The big brothers of information tech ( mainly facebook, Google, and Amazon) are courting for our attention. The battle is fierce. The more time we spend browsing them, the more income they get. Which is why these tech is so smart. We don’t pay, right? Someone else is paying. But our attention? They take bets on our attention.
So, in effect, what is the most scarce resource out there now ?
Not sure yet ?
Look around you. Who can stand at a queue, travel in a bus or be at a meeting with out taking a peep in to their phones?
If there are energy sapping people, avoid them, as much as you can.
If there are events that deplete your time and energy reserves, avoid them.
If there are people mocking you on social media – mute them, unfollow them. Choose not to respond to them. The feed that you see in your phone, is visible to a very small section of the world. You are not the centre of attraction, thought it seems like that in your perception. There’s nothing greater than taking care of yourself.
Also choose not to harm others.
And once you have a better perspective and identified sources of good energy, remember to practice below.
“Choose not to be harmed – and you won’t be harmed. Don’t feel harmed – and you haven’t been”
Workplaces and our homes are now intensely complex. It’s hard to stay calm and be objective because emotions and residues from the past bounces most of us to get distracted and irritated. Obstacles are a way of life now. To embrace obstacles is the new attitude. I must try hard to
1. Control emotions to focus on objective
2. Filter out good in all situations
3. Ignore what irritates me and which limits me.
4. Be mindful in the present moment. Remove fear about future. Not to over think.
5. Only spend time on things I can control.
Daily workout and meditation in the morning is my fuel tanked full, for the rest of the day.
There’s a saying “if you want to make people happy, do not be a leader, sell ice cream.”
Leadership for me is to do the right thing, and if it feels right, get others to do the right thing too, so that they become leaders. Humans do not like to be changed. It is hard work. And it’s a choice.
Eminem has released ‘Revival’, his latest album on December 15th. I am listening to it now, alongside Charitha’s album ‘Galana Ganga’.
I am able to listen to both albums in one app ( Apple Music) by Paying $2.99 per month. I am able to listen to them the moment they release their music. I am totally legal when it comes to listening to music now.
A song is now simply bytes of data packaged (in few Mega bytes per song) living in a cloud ( a distant server I have no clue about) waiting to be summoned by me and millions of other users in the platform. Music publishing has never been this easy. Charitha has the same platform Eminem has. That’s the magic of digital transformation. Although, selling on this platform or any other app, and making it to the top is a combination of multiple success factors, which is altogether a different story.
Yet, the era of music labels controlling artists is over. Anyone can ship their creations, no matter where they are.