Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

18 June 2014

Where’s my cell phone?

As a techie type girl I have seen the studies and opinions regarding our relationship with our cell phones. I got my first cell phone in college – the size of your average hardback book and only to be used in the car.

I believe that it’s okay if I am not immediately available.When I am home I don’t always keep my phone at my side; don’t have it set to alert me to new emails or Facebook posts. There are specific ringtones for specific people so I can decide if a call or text is worth interrupting my work.

My phone isn’t a physical umbilical cord, but today revealed how much I emotionally rely on my cell phone..

I left the house around noon to meet my brother for lunch, then to make a quick run to Target. When I arrived at Chipotle I automatically checked my phone to make sure he hadn’t set a ‘going to be late’ text.  Except…no cell phone!

After a split second of panic – and a double check inside my car – I decided I was a modern woman; I could deal. Nobody was going to die if they couldn’t reach me for a couple hours.

I no longer wear a watch, using my cell phone to keep track of time. My brother had an appointment immediately after lunch and I kept reaching to check my phone to make sure we were on time. Except…no cell phone! Fortunately he had both a watch and a phone, so that kept our date on track.  But without a phone there was no Facebook check in to let the world know what I was up to; no selfies of me and the brother having fun.

When I went to Target things got tricky. This time I was the one with an appointment – 2 pm back at the office. Normally, I would be checking the time frequently, except…no cell phone! Cue anxiety. I hurried through my shopping and almost asked the check out lady for the time, just to make sure I wasn’t running late. Fortunately, my stress over missing a coupon by one day distracted my twitchy brain.

While the clock was the most missed feature on my phone, I also found myself reaching for the camera feature to take a photo. Click! Snap! to get a reference photo of that side table on clearance. Except…no cell phone!

When I arrived back in the office my cell phone was in front of the laptop, right where I had left it. Of course, the first thing I did, before I even set my purse down, was to check and make sure I hadn’t missed any messages.  My phone hasn’t left my side since then.

Did I survive a few hours without my cell phone? Yep, I sure did. Nobody died or was distraught about me not being available.

Did I enjoy this unexpected experiment and want to do it again? Not even a little! It did provide a nice epilogue to a short documentary I watched last week titled No Internet Week

 

How long have you accidentally gone without your phone?

Was it fabulous to not be connected?

Or did it stress you out?

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photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc

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25 April 2017

How Chrome Extensions Can Save You Time & Money!

Browser Extensions:

More fun, more function!

You might have heard someone raving about a Chrome or Firefox extension and wondered, what’s that all about?

Browser Extensions are small software programs that can modify and improve the functionality of your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome). They can improve productivity, save you money, block advertisements, and even provide a little fun when you log into the web.

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28 March 2017

3 Productivity Apps to Help You Thrive

Recently, I was lucky enough to be offered a guest post opportunity from the fabulous Sara Clark-Williams of Fab Fempreneurs.  So what did I talk about? Productivity and tech, of course. Read on!


Solopreneurs wear many hats today – marketer, networker, chief finance officer, developer, director, and more. We have to learn the technology necessary to do our jobs and sort through five million apps to find the best one for our business. It’s stressful to even try to keep up.

So, what’s the absolute minimum software that you need to keep yourself focused and your business thriving? Productivity apps for content management, task management, and email management are where to start.

Want more details? Check out Sara’s blog!

15 August 2016

Three Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

Although we often think of digital disasters as being a software failure, aka the blue screen of death, there are several other ways we put our digital devices (where our data lives) at risk. These include physical damage from fire/flood/accidental destruction, theft, and malware or a virus. What can you do to keep your valuable information safe?

Continue Reading
11 January 2016

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere Resources

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere!

Resources from January 2016 Presentation to NAPO-SD, creator April Merritt, MLIS; all rights reserved

 

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19 May 2015

Windows 8.1& You

Windows 8.1

frustrated girlThose words stop us in our tracks. We frown and cross our arms. Windows 8.1 looks weird. There isn’t a Start button. Why can’t we close a program? We just don’t like it and it’s too much work to figure out something so radically different.

Continue Reading
18 June 2014

Where’s my cell phone?

As a techie type girl I have seen the studies and opinions regarding our relationship with our cell phones. I got my first cell phone in college – the size of your average hardback book and only to be used in the car.

I believe that it’s okay if I am not immediately available.When I am home I don’t always keep my phone at my side; don’t have it set to alert me to new emails or Facebook posts. There are specific ringtones for specific people so I can decide if a call or text is worth interrupting my work.

Continue Reading

Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

25 April 2017

How Chrome Extensions Can Save You Time & Money!

Browser Extensions:

More fun, more function!

You might have heard someone raving about a Chrome or Firefox extension and wondered, what’s that all about?

Browser Extensions are small software programs that can modify and improve the functionality of your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome). They can improve productivity, save you money, block advertisements, and even provide a little fun when you log into the web.

Read More

28 March 2017

3 Productivity Apps to Help You Thrive

Recently, I was lucky enough to be offered a guest post opportunity from the fabulous Sara Clark-Williams of Fab Fempreneurs.  So what did I talk about? Productivity and tech, of course. Read on!


Solopreneurs wear many hats today – marketer, networker, chief finance officer, developer, director, and more. We have to learn the technology necessary to do our jobs and sort through five million apps to find the best one for our business. It’s stressful to even try to keep up.

So, what’s the absolute minimum software that you need to keep yourself focused and your business thriving? Productivity apps for content management, task management, and email management are where to start.

Want more details? Check out Sara’s blog!

15 August 2016

Three Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

Although we often think of digital disasters as being a software failure, aka the blue screen of death, there are several other ways we put our digital devices (where our data lives) at risk. These include physical damage from fire/flood/accidental destruction, theft, and malware or a virus. What can you do to keep your valuable information safe?

Read More

11 January 2016

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere Resources

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere!

Resources from January 2016 Presentation to NAPO-SD, creator April Merritt, MLIS; all rights reserved

 

Read More

19 May 2015

Windows 8.1& You

Windows 8.1

frustrated girlThose words stop us in our tracks. We frown and cross our arms. Windows 8.1 looks weird. There isn’t a Start button. Why can’t we close a program? We just don’t like it and it’s too much work to figure out something so radically different.

Read More

18 June 2014

Where’s my cell phone?

As a techie type girl I have seen the studies and opinions regarding our relationship with our cell phones. I got my first cell phone in college – the size of your average hardback book and only to be used in the car.

I believe that it’s okay if I am not immediately available.When I am home I don’t always keep my phone at my side; don’t have it set to alert me to new emails or Facebook posts. There are specific ringtones for specific people so I can decide if a call or text is worth interrupting my work.

Read More