I took the leap.
I got a Smart Phone in the interest of efficiency. Remember the discussion about notebooks and having everything in one place? Well, I am a list maker and the lists have been in many locations. I have book and movie lists on the computer and on a small notepad. I have calendars in my purse, on my wall and on my computer. I have lists of things to do everywhere and I’m thinking that the phone is going to simplify my life.
I hear you laughing.
But really, have you ever seen such a small, diverse storage unit? And portable!
I have been carrying a large tote bag with the aforementioned notebook, a purse with the small notepad, a Daytimer wallet with mobile calendar and to-do lists, a calculator and a cell phone. Now I’m carrying this:
If I want to remember a book, I go to my Good Reads app and put it on my “bookshelf” – “to read”. If I want to remember a movie that my friends recommend, I go to Netflix and put it in my Queue. If I want to see if I’m available next week for tea, I look at the calendar which is synced with the Google calendar on my computer. And lists? One-Punch does it all.
It’s not simple to use. In fact, I’m having to rewire my brain and learn to experiment on the phone. One morning last week, Sara woke me up at 4:00am with a poke in the face. The message was clear: feed me. Since pulling the covers over my face only encourages her to up the ante and pull books off the shelf and pull pictures askew, I got up, fed her, and went back to bed. Aha! I thought. I’ll set an alarm (I usually depend on the reasonable wake-up cat) and I grabbed my new phone. Thirty minutes later, I figured out that I needed the clock app not the clock widget which I had returned to over and over again thinking I was missing something. But rewiring my brain is a good thing. It means that I’m learning and I love to learn.
Do I check my emails and my Facebook page using the Smart Phone? Sometimes. Do I take photos and post my whereabouts and my what’s new? Occasionally. The phone is a new toy and I want to play with it, see what it can do, make it my friend.
Is it efficient?
Well, let’s just say that I’m on my way.