Time, Your Smartphone and You: A Primer (Because I Care)
posted Aug 23 2013 2:49PM
Time management is thought by some to be a lost art. In years past it's been said that punctuality is the most important part of making a good first impression. I disagree; I think it's all about accessorizing, but I digress.
[WARNING: this post is about to morph into another one of my rants about the stranglehold technology holds on modern society, so if you're not into that, skip to the last paragraph, which is positive, upbeat, and cheery.]
These days, with smartphones having become ubiquitous, it's pretty easy to keep in touch with others. Some find this to be a good thing, others not so much. As usual, I'm on the fence.
I rely on my phone to keep me on time, for the most part. It's got an alarm, it's got a calendar, I can set an appointment on it to remind me of where I have to be and when. This is, for the most part, a benefit. Of course, when something goes wrong, problems can quickly arise.
For example, let's say you plug your phone in overnight to recharge. And let's say your phone, being broken, defective, or some combination of the two, fails to recharge. The battery goes dead, and instead of a multimedia communication device, you've got a paperweight worth hundreds of dollars. I have experienced this phenomenon more than once. Then you get the thing plugged in and get some juice into it, only to discover you've got three missed calls leading to two angry voicemails, seven text messages asking where you are in increasingly agitated tones (which are not easy to convey by text, so kudos to anyone who can do it effectively), and 10 missed reminders of everything you failed to do that day as you sit there still dazed and confused in the midmorning sunlight.
To avoid this I went out and purchased an alarm clock. Not one of those old school deals with the bells and the winder, but a simple electronic tool that tells the time and dispenses alarms. It has not failed me yet, other than that one time when the power went out, but that's kind of out of my control, you know? And my clock has a battery backup, so when the power does go out it continues to work, at least for a while. And it lights up blue at the press of a button, which I think is kind of cool.
My point is, as always: be wary of overreliance on your phone. It's easy to do, and most of us have been guilty of it at some point. But I find it helps to remember that humans survived without smartphones for thousands of years. It is possible. One thing I recommend that may be helpful is to have backups. My alarm clock is one example. Oh, did I mention I can also dock my iPod on it? So yeah that's cool too. I also have a datebook, which I use for big important stuff. I'll set that reminder on the phone, then jot a quick note in the book. It never hurts to have a little redundancy. Also, it never hurts to have a little redundancy.
OK, rant over. As I write this, it's early Friday afternoon. The weekend stretches ahead, and I hope you have a great one. Cheers.