Giving Up The Smartwatch
I’m trying something for a few months. I’m not going to wear a smartwatch or activity monitor. I’ve been wearing a smartwatch since February 2015 and an activity monitor some time before then. I’ve enjoyed both my Motorola Moto 360 and my Vector Luna for different reasons, but more recently I’ve realised that I am wearing my smartwatch more for the time than anything else, as I have been disabling notifications. Worse, I often work in an environment where I am often not allowed to wear something on my wrist and I’ve caught myself fretting about the device not recording my activity. I have become a slave to my smartwatch, and I wanted my smartwatch to help prevent me from being a slave to my smartphone.
Smartwatches can have a great purpose, of course. The Vector Luna serves as a reminder that people have sent me a message, I haven’t moved enough that day, or I have reached my step count target. It reminds me of appointments, meetings, travel arrangements and these are all great things. But they can also a serious distraction when I am trying to get something done.
I am moving back to using an analogue movement, motion-powered wristwatch. It’s finished in stainless steel and the watch face has the time, date and power reserve showing on it. Providing I wear it every other day it will never run out of charge, and it doesn’t even keep great time. Glancing at my watch provides me with more an estimate of the time. I have to manually adjust the time when I move time zone or a month is shorter than 31 days.
I will have to cope without knowing the estimated number of steps I’ve walked that day, or how many hours I slept, and how good the quality of sleep was that I enjoyed. I won’t get a vibration on my wrist when somebody texts me, and I might start missing calls again as my device is in silent mode and I’ve forgotten to put the ringer volume up.
I know I am going to miss the smartwatch and its subtle reminders and notifications, but this is an experiment to see if I can get more stuff done. Let’s see how it goes.