It was surprisingly serene.
The following are notes from my journal (NOT from my iPhone notepad):
5:30 a.m. Awakened naturally with out an iPhone alarm, drank coffee, did morning reading (couldn’t use app, forced to use laptop to find readings for the day).
7:00 a.m. Checked daily schedule on laptop. Panicked that somehow I had neglected to sync iPhone with laptop. Felt some trepidation that appointments might be missed due to an incomplete computer calendar. Anxiously looked through email to insure that meetings/appointments were not forgotten.
8:00 a.m. Reached for cell phone to send a few texts. Ahh! No can do. Sent emails instead. Unsure as to whether persons would receive messages on time.
Didn’t listen to music on walk. Didn’t talk on phone with bluetooth. Noticed sights, sounds, birds tweeting, dogs barking. Chatted briefly with a neighbor around the block I have never had the pleasure to meet.
9:00 a.m. Called a friend I hadn’t seen for a while to check on her. Couldn’t leave to run errands while on hands-free phone, as I typically would. Felt frustrated at first, then relaxed. Couldn’t multi-task as that meant holding phone with my shoulder and my neck started to ache. Experienced a lovely, uninterrupted phone call.
9:30 a.m. Began catching up on delinquent tasks. Finalized three priority items for the day swiftly. Made considerable progress at desk as home phone did not ring. (Does ANYONE except my mother-in-law and telemarketers use my landline anymore?)
11:15 a.m. Dressed to go to lunch with a dear friend at local university. Having never been to her office, checked email and map. ACTUALLY USED A PEN TO WRITE DOWN DIRECTIONS IN MY JOURNAL.
11:50 a.m. After parking on campus, worried that she might be texting me about change in meeting place or plans. Decided I wasn’t meeting POTUS, so didn’t worry (no offense, Jean)!
12:00 p.m. Enjoyed Italian lunch with friend. Great conversation. More relaxed due to not being interrupted with “ding” texts or phone calls I will not take when spending time with others (emergencies not withstanding).
1:30 p.m. Arrived at pool to swim laps. Looked around and noticed all the single people on chaise lounges were on smartphones.Visually noted swimmers departed from the locker room immediately checking phones.
2:20 p.m. Left pool early as I was concerned that my son wouldn’t be able to find me in high school parking lot without texting. He found me with no problem whatsoever.
3:00 p.m. Arrived at home and enjoyed a smartphone-free afternoon and evening.
9:30 p.m. Turned on iPhone and noted missed 7:00 p.m. meeting with consultant. Yikes!
One might wonder, was my day replete with so much serenity as to convince me to stop using my iPhone? No way! Looking forward to getting back to the future today. Hopefully, I will minimize my time spent focused on what I affectionately refer to as “the baby.” :-)