Your Smartphone Is a Tool
Fortune aka Professrr
Jan 25, 2017
Being productive and focused requires that you tune out distractions. It also means that you must set boundaries -- for yourself and others. If you can't keep your eyes off of social media when you open your phone then remove social media apps. That's simple but, for some reason, people are against doing it when I suggest it.
I don't understand. I'm not that tethered to my phone. I want to be a part of my life. Presence is a skill that people have lost touch with. My grandparents and great grandparents would spend time sitting on the porch waving at cars as they passed. They'd walk through the woods just to reconnect with nature. And, they'd have people over for dinner to stay in touch.
You'd be hard-pressed to find that kind of connection anymore. A connection with time. A connection with nature. A connection with people.
Over the last few days, I've had several people tell me that they don't like putting notes or keeping tasks on their phones because it becomes a distraction. The note-taking and task-keeping that's the problem. The problem is all of the other smart features of their phone.
When the iPhone was first introduced to the world with all of its ease of use and 'crazy' features, people everywhere were amazed at just how far technology had come in such a short time frame. I remember having a pager in high school. Pagers were awesome!
Then, I had a Motorola flip phone in my car. My friends always wanted to make 'important calls' on it. That was the bees-knees for a couple of years. Then, everyone had a phone on their hip.
Phone manufacturer's got creative with the stylish looks and interfaces. There were flips, and slides, and spins. I preferred the simple Nokia. No hinges. The phone was a tool, not an accessory. That's what my parents had taught me.
Even when the phones could play mp3 audios, I didn't really get into them. I had a mp3 player for that. The phone was for holding contacts, making calls, and texting when you didn't want to talk to someone.
I had a Palm Pilot to keep my appointments yet I didn't keep appointments. I just showed up when I was supposed to be there. My life was simple. But, when the camera was added to the phone, it was game over. I didn't need anything else. I started downloading ringtones and music, making calls, texting, and taking pictures.
Then, Apple blew up the handheld tech market with touchscreens and full integration of... well... everything. I had a computer in my hand. That's when the other companies copied the idea and competition was about storage capacity and battery usage. (My details may be off but that's not the point.)
Now, there's not much competition on any of that. Your choice is more about the amount of memory you want, the size of the phone, and which software -- Android, Windows, or iOS -- you prefer.
With all of this at the end of your wrist, why is it more difficult to focus on the real things that matter?
The phone is supposed to be a tool, not the master. Yet, too often people allow it to control their lives. It's disheartening. Over the last holiday season, I turned the notifications down for all of my social media. My emails don't update unless I do it manually. And, I've learned the beauty of "do not disturb" mode.
That smartphone is slowly making people ignorant. I'm not getting rid of mine. I'm going to keep in under control. It will not become my master. It's so much better as a servant.
Fortune aka Professrr
I read a lot (a whole lot), listen to a lot of podcast, and ask a lot of questions. Then, I experiment in my life with the best stuff. Unless otherwise noted, I'm speaking from experience. Love me or hate me, it's all love over here!