Don't judge me. I've done it. I know you've done it, too. Let's just agree to not judge each other.
With all the recent Facebook redesigns, timelines, app creations, IPO, scandals, etc., I thought it only fitting to have Facebook influence this post. As I consider Facebook's place on a design blog, I realize we could spend all of our timing debating the UI, color, etc., but as I rummaged through my years of posts, a couple of things have dawned on me.
1) There is a whole generation that will only know what it's like to have their days logged electronically (including now their parents log of them as a child). How does this affect design, design thinking, and the future of our industry?
2) Time is never what you imagine it to be. If you go back to a year ago on your Facebook page, could you have predicted that your life, career, etc., would be where it currently is? I bet there are many things that happened in a way you didn't anticipate—both good and bad.
Both of these questions could be a post of their own under one main thread, the present vs. the future, but I'm going to simply address the second one here.
The present is too often missed, while the future is too often worried about. The present is worth us being present for. Beyond the simple post or tweet, I'm talking about actually experiencing and operating in the now. I like that social media makes us pause and look around, but it also causes us to habitually look at the present as fleeting. We are here for a second and then move on.
The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different than today. So, why worry? Why let the unknown overly influence or deter you from being present, aware, or motivated to be who you ultimately can be? Being in touch will help you adapt to where things are going, and hopefully even allow you to lead it. Don't ignore the future, but don't let over-planning or obsessive guessing ruin today.