The other day a little 30 second video landed in my inbox. (I’ve popped it at the bottom of the post, if you are interested.) It was about how much the chap relies on his phone and it made me think:
Nowadays, as I leave the front door I usually check that I have my phone with me before I check for my wallet.
Over the past 4.5 years that I’ve had a smartphone it has become an intrinsic past of my life, but most importantly of my time management. So much so that when I was offered an iPhone as an upgrade I refused it for not giving me an instant glance at my agenda. I want that immediate snapshot of reminders as I glimpse at my screen.
I have no watch. I lie, I have several very pretty ones, but they annoy me when I rest my wrist to type, so they lie at the bottom of my drawer.
My Nokia Lumia is my watch. It is my reminder that I need to do something, need to be somewhere, it’s my sidekick.
Typically, I wake up, fish it out from under my pillow, where it charged overnight, and look at the time. Is it time to get up or do I still have time to go back to sleep? With still blurry eyes I check emails, Twitter, Facebook, whatsapp, read some blog posts, if I get the chance.
Getting downstairs, my Lumia gets plonked somewhere and at 8:15 on weekdays the music starts up. The kids know the tune; it means I don’t have to shout as much to get them going. The alarm indicates it’s time to stop whatever they are doing, shove the last bit of breakfast in and put on shoes and coats.
I snooze it for 10 minutes and the next time it starts we have to be out the door.
As we get on the bikes, I start my cycle tracking app. This gives me an opportunity to improve our route and our times, it’s healthy to race oneself.
Through the day my Lumia will often be my first choice for a quick glance at emails and my social media channels. If I need to note something down I reach for the OneNote app on there.
I use my Lumia’s camera to capture moments with the kids or beauty that I see around me. Since having such a good in-built camera I spot small details more often and especially love the macro feature- how my garden grows, how the light falls, the delicious breads I bake… and then share it! 🙂
It’s reassuring that the images and other content get uploaded to the internet, to my OneDrive the moment I link to WiFi. When I pop onto my laptop to write a blog post, I find my notes already synched on my desktop version of OneNote and my pictures ready to crop, watermark or just use as is.
My phone drags me back from the depth of work singing to me a tune to say it is pick up time. It tracks my route, my calorie spend. I grab a couple of minutes waiting at the school gate to check social media or jot down some thoughts that sprung while cycling. (Exercise is almost as good as driving for the brain to conjure up the most brilliant of ideas, don’t you think?)
I don’t bother with the laptop much when the kids get home. I’ll Bing queries on my phone, look up recipes if I want to give my cooking a bit of a fresh taste and l often link my MixRadio to our sound bar for music.
Dinner time: The phone is banished. Is family time!
However, after dinner the Lumia it comes out again, with apps for the kids, some music or just some reading for me while they fall asleep and I sit in their darkened room.
As the day draws to a close my phone comes to bed with me. A final check of my calendar, some thoughts of the day past and ahead, notes if necessary and then it’s connected to the charger and popped under my pillow… Awaiting another day where it can guide my through my day.