Basically Zen is about „being here and now”. Whatever you do, do it with full consciousness. When you walking, walk. Don’t text, talk by mobile or think about what you will say to your bitchy boss. Just walk. And walk slowly. Time is an illusion, so do (everything) it a bit slower (!).
Modern people lives in the past (I did that, but I should do that. She said this, what it means…) or in future (What he will tell me. How much he will take for this. How many times she will do it again). And almost nobody and almost never - live in present. Here and now. And this is a real problem, but not the topic of this article.
So Zen. Being here and now is actually meditation. All this sitting in lotus position (what is generally bad idea by the way), all these mantras, breathing technics etc. are important and created ONLY for helping you to be here and now. To anchor you in this state. Just like all these poems, you call prayers and what are not prayers, in fact, was created ONLY to put you in a proper state for the prayer. But, again, not the topic of this article.
Modern people are also multitasked. We do few things at the same time. And this is wrong – by the Zen AND by modern science… The brain has limited capacity for „now”. This is why we filter everything. And almost nobody knows that only 0.09% information you receive going to your consciousness. This is why everybody has different remembrance from some event.
And if you have too many tasks in the same time, your awareness is divided on too many. So you just can’t do it right. Brain becoming overloaded, working slower and your affectivity going down.
Geeks from Stanford says multitasking is lowering your IQ, it is like when you didn’t sleep in the night. So if you want to do something good, concentrate on this. Skip everything else.
We are talking about UI off course. What is the connection?
UI should, no – have to be designed by Zen consciousness. Don’t force your clients to multitasking, don’t disturb them by thousands of notifications, commercials and so on. Less is better. Really. Remember what is the purpose you do it. You want them back, you want them to remember your site or product as nice, friendly, good – whatever it means. So… Do it Zen…
You can read about Stanford here and here.