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Rewrap the Gift

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Our holiday traditions around giving and receiving are due for a redux. Here are our tips.

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Sing to Me: The Power of the Human Voice

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

It’s time to warm up those vocal cords. How singing and being sung to have kept us surviving.

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Object Story: The Safety Razor

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Why a 120-year-old razor is still the one you want to use.

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OneClock Reads: Super Normal

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

In Super Normal: Sensations of the Ordinary designers Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fakasawa draw our attention to the phenomenon of everyday objects.

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Meet the Team: Jamie Kripke's Studio of Life

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Artist, cyclist, skier, and OneClock co-founder, Jamie Kripke brings the same curiosity and creative energy to everything he does.

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Meet the Team: Howie Rubin's Architecture of Experience

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Experiential marketing aficionado Howie Rubin on music, design, clocks, and living life to its fullest by slowing down.

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OneClock / Wake Up Better

  • Jamie

No good clocks were harmed in the making of this film.

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Something About Nothing

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Three books for resisting the attention economy and restoring a mindful life.

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In Your Dreams

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Humans spend several years dreaming, yet this phenomenon remains mysterious in both purpose and meaning.

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Object Lessons

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

What the world of touch teaches and tells us.

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Get Up!

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Tune your body and mind with some Valentine’s Day morning sex. Or, why we recommend getting down while waking up.

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Introducing...Captain Planet!

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

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OneClock Anthem Video

  • Jamie

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How Do You Sleep at Night?

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Your chronotype determines when and how well you sleep, and much about how you feel while awake—but few people know what theirs is, or how to live in harmony with it.

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Jon Natchez on Writing Music for OneClock

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Composer and musician Jon Natchez shares insights and inspirations for OneClock’s initial seven waking tracks.

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A New Way for the New Year

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

It’s that time again! The New Year invites us to set intentions for self-improvement and change. Here’s how you can best prepare for a successful refresh.

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A Guaranteed Audience of One

  • Jamie

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Buy Nothing, Sleep In / Thoughts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

As the Black Friday alarm rings at its early hour, we invite you to make a new ritual of sleeping in. And then, once you wake up? Go sit and have coffee with your mom, dad, kids, neighbor, or dog. Watch the sun travel across the kitchen window. Appreciate. Connect. Make it a thing.

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OneClock // 1 minute waking music samples

  • Jamie

Listen to 60 second samples of the 7 waking compositions that Jon Natchez created for OneClock.

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It’s About Time: The Magic of a Meaningful Morning

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

The quiet of morning is beloved by the creative mind. Find out how you can wake up gently, establish a daily ritual, and reclaim the magic of morning with the help of OneClock.

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Fitter, Happier, More Productive?

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

The near constant use of technology in contemporary life can be overwhelming, affecting our health and relationships. Use a less-is-more approach to find physical, mental, and emotional balance in a world dominated by devices.

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1000 True Fans

  • Jamie

Assorted feedback from the first few OneClock owners.

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Jon Natchez Launch Concert

  • Jamie

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez created some music to celebrate our 2/2 launch.

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Video: Behind the Music

  • Jamie

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Product before price

  • Jamie

We set out to make exactly what we wanted, not what the market wanted. The price is what it is because that’s where the price ended up once we'd designed the clock we wanted.

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The Snooze Button is your Frenemy

  • Jamie

If you find the idea of quitting the Snooze button intimidating, look at it this way: Snoozing does not equal sleeping. Snoozing is a sad, stressful imitation of real sleep.

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Scaring Yourself Awake

  • Jamie

From the adrenal gland’s point of view, there’s no difference between the shock of that blaring alarm and the sight of an incoming tsunami. And why would you want to start your day like that?

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A Brief History of Alarm Clocks

  • Jamie

It seems clear that the need for alarm clocks will never go away. But if the 1787 version of the U.S. Constitution can be amended 27 times, can’t we evolve our alarm clocks, too?

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Threat Vigilance, your Smartphone, and why you can’t sleep

  • Jamie

Many of us use our phones as our alarm clocks. It’s simple and easy and it works. But when you bring your smartphone to bed with you, you’re also bringing that fiendish little source of stress into your bedroom, too.

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A New Way for the New Year

Best Intentions

Do Walk is a slim volume written by Libby DeLana. In less than 150 pages, DeLana tells the inspiring and intrepid story of how she’s walked a cumulative 25,000 miles—the same distance as the Earth’s circumference—over the last nine years, one morning at a time. The #MorningWalk, as she refers to it, began as an intention to spend more time outdoors.

The intention itself was vague, so DeLana went about defining the specifics of a practice (a beautiful word that indicates you’re learning, and committed to it). She knew her intention—reconnecting with the outdoors—held the potential for radically changing her inner and outer life. The what was pretty big, so she kept the how really simple.

She got up every morning at 5am, in all kinds of weather and in every matter of mood, and walked. She walked in the dark. Alone, fighting illness, with a headlamp. She walked in the heat of summer through the coastal New England hamlet where she lives. She walked in silence, and she walked with the companionship of podcasts and music. She walked in foreign cities, on business. In nine years, there wasn’t a single day she didn’t set out. Nine years!

So far as her book says, DeLana’s intention-setting was not part of a New Year’s resolution, but it nonetheless shares several parallels to what many of us do as the calendar year turns over: Make a resolution to incrementally or dramatically shift our behavior and experience of life. Do walk. Do cook. Do make. Do listen. Do something.

Reap What You Sow

Historians have traced the tradition of New Year’s resolutions back 4,000 years, all the way to ancient Babylon. For Babylonians, the new year came in mid-March with a 12-day festival following seeding and planting. Amidst the celebration of their sowing, Babylonians would settle up the past year’s debts and make promises to their pagan gods for the year ahead.

It was Julius Caesar who, in 46 BC, amended the annual calendar to begin on January 1, a month he named after the two-headed god Janus. Janus was believed to hover in doorways, gates, and arches—architectural thresholds that symbolize transition—where he could lay eyes on the past and future simultaneously. Janus thus became the literal figurehead(s) of reflection and projection for resolution-making Romans.

Though our New Year’s traditions in the west are now mostly untethered from deity worship, and whether we formally articulate a resolution or not, January is still considered a month of reset and renewal.

According to YouGovAmerica, the most common resolutions of 2022 fit some variation of losing weight and saving money—which are honestly a bit lackluster. At their best, these resolutions are rote echoes of what we think society wants of us—at their worst, they’re knee-jerk reactions to our recent holiday indulgences, as though we need immediate atonement for our rest and pleasure.

These resolutions are easy to say but hard to do, especially when they leave our lips laced with admonishment. It may come as no surprise then that while approximately one quarter of Americans make New Year’s resolutions an estimated 80 percent are unsuccessful, with the numbers plummeting before the end of January.

Kathy Caprino, the author of a Forbes series called “Accessing the Most Powerful Version of You,” explains how the most successful, and fulfilling, resolutions are the result of real personal introspection and planning.

“I’ve seen that most of us simply can’t bring out significant change in our lives if one key thing is missing—understanding at a deep level why you operate the way you do,” she writes. “Once you understand more intimately your mindsets, values, beliefs, habits and greatest fears, you will begin to realize why certain goals are going to be very hard for you to achieve, and even harder to sustain, unless you commit to a deeper level of change.”

Make a Resolution, then a Plan

Why did DeLana’s walking work? What did she put in place that led her to eventually ambulating the mileage of an entire planet?

Intentions are powerful. But the phrase “despite best intentions” is popular for a reason (not to mention that the road to hell is apparently paved with good ones).

As well as having already identified her desire to spend more time outdoors, DeLana’s practicality—with practice nestled right there within—no doubt put her on the right track. She set a schedule, identified what she needed to comfortably and safely walk each and every day, and then went about getting and using those things. She also knew she was in it for the long-haul. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, even with Janus lurking overhead.

Is there a Guide for This?

Among the experts, the kinds of goals like DeLana’s are called S.M.A.R.T.: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. It’s one of several tips and tricks recommended by those who are in-the-know. Here are a few others:

Sleep on It

Getting enough sleep, and getting it at the right time, is a resolution we can’t recommend enough. But even if that alone isn’t on the docket, your sleep quality will play a key role in helping you achieve whatever is. Good sleep hygiene improves health and restores a level of balance that can positively affect relationships, work performance, and personal happiness. Do sleep!

If on your 2022 More/Less List you’ve included more rest, health, simplicity, music, beauty, or reconnection and less distraction, anxiety, fatigue, or tech—OneClock is here for you.