Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Backing Away from Technology....

This title may be slightly misleading.

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.  Now, I carry a small Thirty-One pouch in my purse with about a thousand pens in it.......

I love that I can open this planner for a monthly view.  Since I have hundreds so many colored pens, I have assigned major things in my life a color (which I wrote in the notes section) to keep things interesting.



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?

3 comments:

Casey C said...

I hate the dots on the calendar. I've ever been a le to use my phone that way. #paperplanners4lyfe

Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad said...

I won a recent victory over the dots of doom - if you press the small button at the top of the screen (looks like a rectangle with two lines underneath it) and it lists the activities you have beneath the calendar. I mean, there's still some scrolling and messing about, but it's infinitely better. I keep using it because I always have a phone on me, it's no extra weight, and I can sync calendars with my husband, but a paper planner would be a much more joyous experience!

Sarah Alway said...

I am constantly trying to figure out how to cut more technology out of my life. I feel like I'm addicted to my phone but I can't do anything about it! We do have a strict no TV or phones rule at the dinner table. And I've thought about going to a paper planner before, but I'm so used to my Google calendar I don't think I could ever do it. Plus I love how I can share the Google calendar with family.

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