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Summer Thoughts: Getting Toned

I've worn the Amazon Halo device for almost a year now.  It's a band that you wear on your wrist, and it doesn't show anything on the face, which I like because I don't need to wear a screen on my wrist.  However, the data is useful to me as the Halo also tracks sleep, steps, heart rate, and tone.   

Yes, tone.  Which some find really creepy, but I actually like it, and I think it's pretty accurate.  I'll sometimes set "tone" when I'm presenting at a meeting so I can make sure I'm coming across as knowledgeable, interesting and confident.  

I originally bought it because I felt like my sleep needed help, but I wasn't sure how many hours I was sleeping or how many disruptions I was experiencing at night.  (I'll post about sleep at another time.) 

Most of the time, I forget that I have the tone set, and I don't see a reading all the time.  When I do, it's fun to see if I feel like the tone matched the situation. 

A Valuable Vocabulary 

My tone typically falls into categories of delighted, appreciative, satisfied, content, happy, friendly and amused, which I think fits how I want to feel much of the time and also quite aligns with my Enneagram numbers of 9 and 7.  When I had COVID, I had a couple of "restrained" and "uncomfortable" tones, which makes sense.  

The tone terms suggested by Halo offer me valuable vocabulary when I think about the question "how are you?" or even a good way to start the day by asking myself, "how do I want to feel today?" For me, there's an excellent change that I would be amenable to one of those words to guide my day.  

I think the two tone graphics I'm sharing here provide interesting insights as well.    

Happy, Amused: Having a fun conversation with a friend at work who I hadn't seen for a few weeks. 

Restrained: Polite chit-chatting with someone who was doing repairs in the office.  

Getting Toned

Even if you don't want to wear a device that collects data on your tone, you can do your own tone analysis by thinking about how you want to sounds, how you think you sound, and what you want more (or less of) your life.  


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