But the fact is, the reality is all grey area. All of it. There are very few black and white answers and no solutions without second-order consequences.
From The Value of Grey Thinking on the Farnam Street blog.
Grey Thinking resonates with me as a consultant; constantly balancing consequences of choices my clients and I make.
Changes we've made to our process and work on thoughtbot.com and how Basecamp's Shape Up informed it
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The Lost Cat
This Friday, my sons and I took our dog for a chilly evening walk after dinner. As we were coming home, I noticed a cat outside wandering in the street. I was shocked by how easily it approached us and how friendly it was. Based on its character, I thought that this must be someone’s loved pet, we let it follow us home and took it in for the night. Hoping that if my dog ever escaped, someone would do the same for them. My partner posted on local Facebook groups and Nextdoor hoping that the owner who was surely missing their animal was checking for it. We went the night without making that connection.
We took the cat into the vet to see if it had a microchip and if that would lead us to its owner. We thought that we were in luck when they told us it had a chip. After talking to the chip company and knowing they got ahold of the owner, the minutes that we didn’t get a call back were excruciating. After a couple of hours, we called the chip company again, but at this point, we had assumed that the cat was not wanted by whomever this was.
I write about this because the cat and the owner have taken over my headspace. I can’t get over how someone could dump an animal like that. I can’t get over the meanness of humans.
It’s up to us to be mindful about where we are personally, and either work towards or optimize for what our own enough actually is.
Digging this essay by Paul Jarvis on defining what is enough. Not just himself, but also understanding that enough is different for different people. We shouldn’t judge others on what their enough is, but we should also be working towards what our enough is and recognizing when we’ve gone over that.
Using Jobs-to-be-Done to organize my closet
This weekend I wanted to clean out my closet to better organize and get rid of pieces that I no longer wear or need. This started out as it usually does with me filtering out clothes folding and putting others back. This time I found myself staring at my shelf of tees. They’re the first things that I look at when looking into my closet, and I thought they would be the most obvious place to pair down.
As I looked at them, I realized that while I had a lot of them, they did many different things. Some were for working out, some were pajamas, and some were my day-in-day-out solid color tees. Then my designer brain kicked in; these are Jobs-to-be-Done. Why am I grouping them together by their category, tee shirts, and not the jobs that they do?
I moved my pajama tees with my sweat pants, my workout shirts with my workout shorts, and moved my jeans up next to my casual tees. And there you have it. Now my closet is organized by Jobs and not their category.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, this was super nerdy.