Ed­i­tor's Mes­sage

iPhone Life Magazine - - News - Donna Cleve­land Ed­i­tor in Chief iPhone Life magazine, donna@iphonelife.com, Twit­ter: @schill­cleve­land

When sit­ting down to write this ed­i­tor's mes­sage, I got to won­der­ing: What have I learned about pro­duc­tiv­ity that I didn't know last year? Nat­u­rally, our team at iPhone Life has tested out and re­viewed new apps (pg. 34) and gear (pg. 36) that are pow­er­ful tools for any pro­fes­sional en­deavor. And we've also talked to pro­fes­sion­als across a va­ri­ety of fields to dis­cover the strate­gies that are mak­ing them more pro­duc­tive than ever (pg. 30) and that you can eas­ily in­cor­po­rate into your own rou­tine. Yet the big­gest lessons in pro­duc­tiv­ity I've learned have been of a more philo­soph­i­cal kind. This past year, I've be­gun to think dif­fer­ently about a foun­da­tional ac­tiv­ity for many pro­duc­tive peo­ple—goal set­ting. I'm ques­tion­ing the “work first, play if there's time” ap­proach to life that's embed­ded in our cul­ture but that may be shift­ing. As Michelle Obama pointed out in a re­cent in­ter­view with TIME, she sched­ules what she calls “her life” (in­clud­ing work­outs, date nights, and va­ca­tions) be­fore she fills her work cal­en­dar. “We have to start set­ting the pri­or­ity of al­low­ing peo­ple to put their lives be­fore their work,” she said. Au­thor Danielle La­Porte shares a re­lated idea in her re­cent book The De­sire Map. La­Porte points out that when you strive for a goal, you're usu­ally “seek­ing the feel­ing you think you'll get once you get there.” Her so­lu­tion is to flip the goal-set­ting process on its head and craft your goals around the feel­ings you'd like to ex­pe­ri­ence more of in your life. For me, this has meant ex­pe­ri­enc­ing happy mo­ments in my life as an end in them­selves (I've started jour­nal­ing about them us­ing Day One, which you can learn to use with man­ag­ing ed­i­tor Rheanne Tay­lor's help­ful guide on pg. 42). In my pro­fes­sional life, it has meant tak­ing on more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in ar­eas I grav­i­tate to­ward and that there­fore don't feel like work, and re­fus­ing to do the tasks that I don't en­joy (Just kidding! That's not how this works). The point is, we can all find small or maybe even big ways to op­ti­mize for en­joy­ment in our lives. And here's the beauty of it: re­gard­less of whether your ap­proach to pro­duc­tiv­ity is sim­i­lar to mine, your iPhone or iPad will make an in­cred­i­ble tool to get you where you want to go. Turn to our spe­cial sec­tion (pg. 29) to find new ideas and tips that will help you get to that feel­ing of ac­com­plish­ment. The spe­cial sec­tion of this is­sue is ded­i­cated to pro­duc­tiv­ity, but let's not forget that it's also our sum­mer is­sue too! To cel­e­brate warmer days, our fea­ture web writer Con­ner Carey has found the best camp­ing gear for you to take on your next out­door ad­ven­ture (pg. 68). We've also in­cluded a se­lec­tion of top golfer-ap­proved apps to im­prove your game (pg. 65), gar­den­ing gad­gets to help you achieve your most boun­ti­ful har­vest yet (pg. 56), and well­ness-re­lated ac­ces­sories that will keep you mov­ing all sum­mer (pg. 71). The is­sue wouldn't be com­plete with­out look­ing ahead at what Ap­ple has in store for us. On June 4th, Ap­ple will hold its an­nual World­wide De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence key­note, where each year CEO Tim Cook de­buts all the new soft­ware fea­tures com­ing to our iPhones and iPads. In prepa­ra­tion for WWDC, we've com­piled a list of the fea­tures we're ex­pect­ing and the ones we're hop­ing to see with iOS 12 (pg. 22). And for any of you con­sid­er­ing buy­ing Ap­ple's new smart speaker, our CEO David Aver­bach has writ­ten a hands-on re­view ex­plor­ing whether the HomePod de­serves a spot in your liv­ing room (pg. 19). Cheers to camp­fires un­der starry skies, sneak­ing out of work for an early tee time, and a year of set­ting goals that you love go­ing af­ter.

“I've be­gun to think dif­fer­ently about a foun­da­tional ac­tiv­ity for many pro­duc­tive peo­ple— goal set­ting.”

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