As I type this from the comfort of my couch, I am currently surrounded by not only the laptop on which I am working but also my iPad, iPhone, another lap top with a broken screen which is connected to my television transferring pictures to my Google drive. (And it's taking half of my life to do so....)
Despite how that may seem, I have recently felt the urge to stop using technology in certain areas of my life.
The first thing to go: the calendar app on my iPhone.
Sure. It's useful when I forget what the date/day of the week is. (This happens to me a lot in the summer.) But in July, I had a lot of things going on. The stupid little dots on my iPhone calendar were NOT helpful. Maybe I'm lazy, but I started to lose my mind over the fact that I had to click on the dotted date to see if I actually had something planned or if it was just iPhone reminding me that the day was a holiday. (P.S. I don't know if this happened to anyone else in July, but iPhone was telling me Independence Day was on July 3rd AND the 4th......)
It was then that I decided that I needed a planner.
Of course, I would make this decision in July when Back to School stuff isn't *quite* out yet. I did check a few places first in the hopes that I could score one immediately. No such luck. I checked out some places online. So many bloggers I love are always raving about Erin Condren. I looked there, and friends, I love you all, but I just think it's INSANE to pay that much money for a planner.
So I did what all people do in times of crisis.
I turned to Amazon.
I posted this on my Instagram. I happened to have a $10 credit I didn't know about, so I splurged for the 2 Day shipping, and this baby was in my hands. I also ordered pens to go with it, which I didn't realize were coming from China....SO I bought some Sharpie Pens to tide me over.
This planner also has a weekly view with more space to write. Just yesterday, I wrote a grocery list in this section. I've been using a "To Buy" list in my reminders app to go grocery shopping. I like this for when I think of things we need to buy because I always have my phone on me. But it was nice to have an actual paper list for going to the store.
Last night, I pulled out a real Bible. I've been doing my Bible reading on a Bible app on my phone. I really do love the app, and I like to use it at church so I don't have to carry my Bible back and forth. But I have just been feeling the urge lately to hold the actual book. This particular Bible is a study Bible. I've been wanting more from my daily Bible reading, and this has notes on specific scriptures and sometimes articles that go more in depth on a specific topic. While I enjoy the reading plans offered on the app (I have liked going through the Bible in a year), I've decided that I want to read what I want to read. If I do it in a year, great. If I only do 1 chapter a day, great!
Who knows what technology I may cast off next?
Is there any technology that you've decided to give up?