operating system-inspired thoughts & new podcast episode

September 26, 2017

I upgraded my iPhone’s operating system last night.  When I woke up, several things looked different on my phone – as always, the change is slightly disconcerting.

It’s probably the influence of Bored and Brilliant, but the differences had me think a little harder about what I was doing, instead of just going on autopilot.

And what was I doing?

1) Checking email, from my bed, upon awakening.  WHY?
2) Checking Instagram, from my bed, for another several minutes.  HUH?

I didn’t spend very long, thankfully – I am too motivated to get up / get coffee / start my morning most days to waste too many precious AM minutes scrolling.  But today I am even questioning the need for those handful of minutes.  Why am I setting the tone for the day with noxious blue light + whatever random ads have happened to land in my inbox overnight?!

Because when I think about it .  . .  I’d really rather not.


The good news is that I’ve been doing really well with my goal to spend less time on my phone — as I’ve written before, I use the Moment app to track this time.  Only one day since the hurricane did I exceed my goal — and I’ll blame the stress of call.  As a result, I’ve been:

– reading more
– staying more organized
– getting more rest (yay)
– feeling more present + centered

But, bringing this morning’s semiconscious scrolling time into the light has me thinking I’ve still got a ways to go.  It may feel ‘free’, but every minute spent passively consuming things on the internet or phone is a minute not spent doing something else (see above).  I’ve been on a quest to get these minutes back for so long, and I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere.

In other news:
* PODCAST EPISODE 8 is here!  It’s quite a long one – Laura and I discuss outsourcing, which we both do a lot of.  Slightly controversial?  In this day and age, I hope not . . . but see what you think 🙂  Available here, or on your fave podcast listening app (iPhone or Android!)

* Remember the podcast naming contest?  Here’s the winner’s haul!  Amy chose a Hobonichi techo avec as her prize and was kind enough to send a pic.  EXCELLENT choice, Amy!!


  • Reply Erika March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Cannot WAIT to hear the rest of the Outsourcing podcast. Great so far! Thanks for answering my question 🙂

  • Reply Kathy March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Just added Bored and Brilliant to my library queue — ironically NYPL only had an ebook version =)

  • Reply Holly March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I’m sure people have asked this before in the comments, but I can’t seem to fine the answer via searching your archives! Does anyone have any recommendations for an Android version of Moment? I’m inspired to FINALLY give it a go!

    • Reply Olivia March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      I’m using Quality Time on my android – seems to work OK

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      Yes I’ve heard good things about Quality Time – I think it actually came before Moment! No personal experience though. Josh got an android phone in a grand phone "downsizing" gesture (cheap $130 phone that he claims does more than enough for him) so I am going to see if he will try it!

  • Reply Cash for Cars Perth March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I really like your episode. So it this screenshot is from android phone or an ios one. Basically i want to know i have android device (v6.0.1). Do i have any alternative.

  • Reply Aly March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Your response to the listener’s question to podcast #8 was such an AHA! moment for me. Loved your articulated thoughts on having a career and family. Thank you! Thank you!

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