Starbucks: Tip of the Iceberg

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I lived through the American Civil rights era , with a life still negatively affected by racial bias in ways too numerous to count. So, I’m often mentally and spiritually exhausted following one racial incident after the other. However, it was refreshing to see that after the “racial bias” arrests at the Philadelphia Starbucks, the company’s CEO immediately addressed the incident. And it’s always encouraging to see younger people taking protest actions to contribute to a movement. But I hope that it’s understood that Starbucks is not an isolated case but the tip of the iceberg.

An iceberg is much larger than what is seen above the waterline. What is beneath the waterline of the American iceberg is the rest of America. “Serious” racial bias training may serve as an example for those corporations and government agencies, under the waterline, to follow, but it’s like putting a band-aid on a 400 year old gaping wound. The whole damn country, “From sea to shining sea,” needs to be shut down and go through psychiatric intervention until racism is removed from the American psyche. Unfortunately, that may take another 400 years.

 

Of Course I Deleted Facebook

The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal  should make it clear to everyone to heed  the warning, “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.” Public relations wise, connecting everyone in the world is an admirable vision, but in business, it is secondary to potentially reaping economic or political gain from a huge user database.

Of course I deleted my Facebook account that I specifically created to participate in my family reunion group. And I understand anyone who says that deleting doesn’t matter because there is no privacy in today’s world. My decision is personal. My veteran and employment records have been hacked at least four times in the last 15 years.  So serious were the breaches that I have had free credit monitoring for years. Last year, someone attempted to take over my bank account… I’m not in the mood for more break-ins.

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Life Organizing Apps

41FAEE61-3287-4A41-827C-D80954BC8FA7Every Tom, Dick, and Harry has an app so we fill up our devices with them because we can. Who doesn’t have three messaging apps or five food ordering apps or four mapping apps on their phones? I’m ashamed to admit that I have 96 apps in my iPad storage folders and if I took all of them out I would be instantly distracted.

Of all the apps on my iPad, these are the ones that are fundamental to organizing life. The remaining 96 will remain in their folders. 🙂

CALENDARS are the Swiss Army knife of organizing. Before computers, we used all types of paper-based calendars but today’s digital calendars are more flexible. For example, I centralize most everything in Google calendar. It’s web based and syncs across all devices so it accommodates my budget, day job schedules, personal appointments, birthdays, anniversaries and a to-do list. Even blog posts are stored as events on Google Calendar.

A few words of caution…don’t fill up your calendar with irrelevant items or it will appear confused and feel uninspiring to take action on. I also recommend using one calendar for both work and personal activities to prevent scheduling conflicts with both.

EMAIL is still king for the transmission of images and documents, despite the popularity of texting. I use Gmail, by Google. It’s web based; syncs across all devices and is simple to use.

ADDRESS BOOK/CONTACTS used to be stored in Rolodexes or small address books but digital address books are much more versatile. Apple Contacts is the default address book database and it works with many other apps. Again, simple to use and syncs across all Apple devices. Throw that Roledex away.

NOTEBOOKS have evolved to include many of the above-listed functions but can be complicated to use. I’ve tried many note taking apps such as Evernote, Google Keep, Microsoft OneNote, even Apple’s own “Notes” but while Evernote excells at saving whole web pages for later reading, Google Keep is simple to use and syncs across all devices.

Depending on your operating system and personal preference, you may be using different brands of tools (like Yahoo, Microsoft, etc) but these four categories of tools are what I have found to be fundamental for organizing your life on a tablet or smartphone.

In the next post on simplifying life on one device, I’ll review what writing apps and rules I use to create a simple workflow for blogging and other social media.

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