Well it didn’t last very long.
My experiment to go from smartphone to flipphone in order to be less distracted and technology dependent resulted in me learning that in a couple of key ways I am totally and completely technology dependent and I can either find a workaround or I need to solder an antenna with a calendaring widget to my skull. I get lost easy and need a GPS and I forget appointments easily and need a calendar that I carry around that reminds me. Today I missed a key meeting and yesterday I got lost for 20 minutes trying to find Costco. We have a GPS in the car but we haven’t been using it because it’s got a short in the charging port so it turns on and off over and over. Which could be kind of thrilling if I wanted to make every trip to Costco a nail-biting experience that might end in me never getting there. But I don’t.
By 1 pm I had the SIM card back in my smartphone and am trying to figure out how to configure it so that it only does what I need it to and doesn’t do much more, and doesn’t LOOK like it’ll do much more. I need to make the smartphone look dumber. I may just reset it and keep only the basics, I don’t know. Or get a more basic phone, but one that syncs with Google Calendar tends to push it into smartypantsville. I just look at my smartphone and see possibilities, and I’d like to see it and just see a stupid phone that has my calendar on it. If anyone has any advice on this I’m asking.
I saw my setup as working the following way:
- flip phone for calls and texting
- iPad for calendar, email, documents, media
- little notebook for todos
As it turns out there were a couple of extras that I bring to the picture:
- the sense of direction of a lawn chair, for getting lost easy
- the appointment memory of a toddler, for missing important meetings
I don’t like carrying the iPad with me everywhere. It’s too big. It’s actually not super convenient or easy while standing up and holding something else, like a pad of paper or a book or something, to whip out the iPad and check sometimes. It’s a two-handed device. The phone is a single-handed device and it more portable. Plus the iPad is work’s, so I don’t want to take it everywhere because I’ll definitely lose it, etc. Blarhg blarhg blargh. It’s a work in progress.