About a week ago, I was driving and talking on the phone with my mom, when I got another call from my wife. I pulled the phone away from my ear — while driving like an absolute pro—only to see this screen:
iOS7 Call Waiting Screen
The heat was on. My forehead started sweating. I could vaguely hear my mom asking if I was there while I was trying to read through the list of equally weighted buttons on my screen. I needed to make a decision, but I spent 30 seconds trying to figure out which line of text I was supposed to tap on to hold my current call and swap over to the incoming call.
I lost both calls.
“Why didn’t you just read the prompt, Gabe? Can’t you read words?”
In iOS 6, the options seemed much more clear (I don’t have a screenshot, but you remember right?). Emphasis was differentiated and hierarchy was easily distinguishable. Was it the icons? The layout? I don’t know, but with a quick glance, I never had an issue holding, swapping, declining, or anything. In iOS 7, declining the incoming call is the only element that gets special treatment.
I will say, after updating to iOS 7, I have been impressed with most of its features and design changes. I’m relatively easily sold on minimalism, as long it’s the right answer for the project.
I’d love to hear how Apple came to the conclusion of changing the layout of this screen. Was it in the name of simplicity? Was it just a miss? Or was it a decision that was thought through, tested, challenged, and won for some reason?
Intentional. Lots of people I know use this word pretty regularly. It’s important. I think it’s relevant in today’s conversation. But what the heck does it mean? I don’t know, but I’ve got a couple of ideas.
My wife and I started using (1)smaller plates for dinner. Not in relation to any specific diet, but just because we don’t feel the need to eat until we’re absolutely stuffed. It’s become our way when we eat meals together and it’s caused us to have more energy, feel healthier, and feel more fulfilled than we were when we had second helpings etc.
Eating this way has caused that way of thinking to trickle into more areas of our lives. We have cleaned our our closets (because we’re better than you) and (2)slimmed down the amount of clothes we own, and because of that, it’s easier to get dressed in the morning without a mountain of options.
We also have started working with our kids to think through with them which toys they use on a regular basis, and which ones end up broken or in multiple pieces, scattered across their rooms. Keeping around (3)toys that help them with their motor skills, encourage them to be active, or teach them about something greater is starting to have a positive effect on their little minds.
I feel like that is what “intentional living” means.
It’s not me being better than you. It’s not me thinking for long hours about how to be a better anything. It’s just living life like there are repercussions for every decision we make. Right?
A couple of weeks ago, our team leader Luke had us write a letter to someone we’re thankful for and just tell them specifically why we’re thankful for them. It was nothing more than an exercise to re-focus our attention outwards, but it’s amazing the impact this had on the rest of my day/week/month. Thinking about other people always makes your problems shrink.
So, for the next 30 days, I’m going to write down 3 things I’m thankful for each day. I’ll be specific, and I won’t repeat. Depending on whether or not it’s appropriate to tweet, I will tweet it.
I think you should do this too. Then, let’s talk about how we feel after doing this for a while. Cool? Cool.