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function over form

function over form

When I first met John, he wore a fanny pack. I just could not get over this, then when I mentioned it to him, I realized he had no idea it was a big deal. He always says, "function over form" and the fact that the fanny pack served a function meant that it did not matter what form it took. Well, I agree there, but I think that sometimes you have to look for other forms that serve the same function. So over time, I was slowly able to get him to not use the fanny pack without him really realizing it. Keep in mind, there were really only a few items being kept in the fanny pack: 

  • Calendar ๐Ÿ“†
  • Pen โœ๐Ÿผ

Since we were always doing things together, it made more sense for us to have a shared calendar since we were always forgetting to tell each other about events we needed to attend together, etc. So we started using a shared calendar on google. That eliminated the need for a paper calendar AND a pen.

  • Cash ๐Ÿ’ต
  • Credit Card/license  ๐Ÿ’ณ 

Then I got this handy dandy thing called a card ninja that is sticky and attaches to the back of your phone and it holds your credit cards, cash and whatever else you can fit in it (since it strentches). 

  • Sunglasses ๐Ÿ˜Ž 

Then we got croakies which allow your sunglasses to hang from around your neck for when you aren't using them. This also comes in quite handy when you're sailing so that you don't lose them in the water. 

  • Keys ๐Ÿ”‘ 

Last but not least was the keys, which yes you need but it's not something you often lose because you typically can't get anywhere without them. 

So now we were down to just the phone and the keys being carried, which easily fit in a pocket. So while previously he thought that the only form that could perform all those functions was a fanny pack, but obviously there are 'other ways to skin a cat.' Some might say that I was trying to 'change' him too much and I should've just let him keep wearing the fanny pack. Well, I would've but it wasn't that he was attached to the fanny pack, it was just that he wanted it to serve its purpose. 

I am learning this principle in other aspects of my life too and it takes some finagling to get other people to see things in a different light.  I love it when people are willing to look at things differently. I also love it when others are bold enough to challenge me to look at things differently than I do currently. Too often people are so afraid of offending each other that we don't help each other do things 'better' even if we know a better way exists. I like to be challenged, and I like to be corrected, because that means I'm getting better, growing, and being more productive and efficient with my time. 

For example, in my new job I'm getting to do all kinds of research on new software and technology. I am seeing how many objects really aren't necessary if you force yourself to try and do your job without them. I drew out on scratch paper a sample office, including all your typical objects: 

  1. Office Building ๐Ÿข
  2. Desk ๐Ÿ“‡
  3. Computer ๐Ÿ–ฅ
  4. Server ๐ŸŽ›
  5. Copy Machine / Printer / Scanner ๐Ÿ“ 
  6. Phone โ˜Ž๏ธ
  7. File Cabinet๐Ÿ—„
  8. Alarm System ๐Ÿšจ 
  9. Conference room ๐Ÿ›‹
  10. Procedural Binders ๐Ÿ“’
  11. Outlook Email๐Ÿ“ง
  12. Stamps, envelopes, office supplies ๐Ÿ“จ๐Ÿ“ฆ๐Ÿ“‘๐Ÿ—‚

So all of those things serve a pretty vital function in making sure an office runs smoothly. But all of those things also come with a price tag associated with them, often a monthly fee. What if we could replace all of those things with software that cost a fraction of the operating costs associated with each of those objects listed above? 

  1. Beach ๐Ÿ–
  2. Lap โœ‹๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคš๐Ÿผ
  3. Personal laptop ๐Ÿ’ป 
  4. Cloud โ˜๏ธ 
  5. n/a โŒ
  6. Personal cellphone ๐Ÿ“ฑ
  7. There's an app for that ๐Ÿ’ป
  8. There's an app for that ๐Ÿ’ป
  9. Go To Meeting/Starbucks โ˜•๏ธ
  10. Google Docs/sheets/etc. ๐Ÿ’ป
  11. Gmail G-suite ๐Ÿ’ป
  12. There's an app for that ๐Ÿ’ป

What would you do if you found something that served the same function but took a different form? What if it was half the cost and had no 'form' at all?

This is just a little something I've been working on: Financial Builder



freedom > money

freedom > money