• i love people and i prioritize face to face interaction over all else.
  • i control my devices; they do not control me.
  • all the tools and technologies i use are in service of my vision (which includes me, my communities, and the planet)
  • my tools and practices are here to support me and people in my communities, particularly in the process of turning our thoughts and dreams into reality.
  • there are a ton of implications of this stance.

protocol (aka the tl;dr)

  • my (fluid) communication protocol hierarchy:
    • face2face > video call > phone call > voice message via imessage > hand-written letters > SMS or internet text messages > email
  • i have almost all my notifications off on all my devices. i check in on them when it makes sense for me.
  • i try not to read new emails before 12p. the exception is if i’m working with people on something that is urgent. this allows me to maintain a pro-active mindset for my most productive hours, rather than a reactive one.
  • i may send emails before 12p. (this doesn’t contradict the above bullet).
  • i try get to inbox zero on friday afternoons.
  • i tech sabbath (usually sundown friday to sundown saturday) at least 2x/month.

guiding principles

  • “People tend to overestimate what can be done in one year and to underestimate what can be done in five or ten years.” — J. C. R. Licklider, Book: “Libraries of the Future” (1965)
  • “Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” ― Greg Mckeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • “A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” — Mahatma Gandhi

the details…

update to this coming soon, but feel free to check out the thinking from my previous communication protocol for some insights, many of which i still hold true.

Author's profile picture Lawrence Barriner II