Loved hearing everyone’s thoughts on yesterday’s post.
I wanted to comment on the Apple Watch suggestion — I do not have an Apple watch (or AirPods!) even though I use a MacBook pro at home and have always had iPhones.
(I have never gotten into iPads for my own personal use – they seem neither here nor there! I guess we do use Josh’s iPad to watch TV shows in bed, but that’s the extent of my usage.)
((I know there are iPad diehards out there – including some cool virtual planner systems — so not knocking them! Just saying what I have used.))
ANYWAY. I do not have an Apple Watch and have considered getting one on a few occasions . . . but I do have a Garmin watch. It’s getting old (Garmin 235, purchased in 2016 but replaced x2 by the company because they are awesome!). But, it does work to send notifications to my wrist including texts & calls. You can’t respond to texts or answer calls, but it’s enough to know if you are missing something dire.
I personally have not felt this feature has really helped me use my phone less, though it does make me feel more comfortable just leaving the phone in the foyer or charging area rather than having it with me.
So, that is why I have not taken the plunge on the Apple Watch. Plus, I feel sort of brand loyal given their customer service. Instead of going Apple I will probably just get a fancier Garmin someday.
The Distraction/Phone Issue
It’s actually shocking how universal this issue is for . . . nearly our entire generation. Clearly these devices have innate pull and the ‘default’ is to be sucked in, at least for most people. I love the idea Cal Newport has about scheduling your social media time like a “favorite TV show” (kind of funny since he doesn’t watch TV!) — but I have not been successful in doing this. Yet. Has anyone?
The thing that has helped me most is to build habits that have me doing something else that isn’t my phone.
If I’m reading a book, I’m not on my phone. (NOTE: I read books on paper 90% of the time because I enjoy it more.)
If I’m writing in my bullet journal, I’m not on my phone.
If I’m writing a blog post (hi!), I’m not on my phone.
If I’m taking a walk, I’m not on my phone (or I’m listening to a podcast or music intentionally).
If I’m doing my meditation app — well, I’m on my phone, but not in the distracting way 🙂
I guess this is more the crowding out method, and it does work. It doesn’t work when I’m halfheartedly watching the kids (but really I’m tired and just want to curl up alone with my book or bullet journal etc. . .). So there’s that.
Call day #3! It has not been too busy and I was able to sleep the past 2 nights! YAY.