Living without an iPhone – a social and business experiment – Day 7

The first week is done and for me, it’s been a genuine success. I seem to have been far more efficient with my emails. At the end of Friday I went home with 29 in the inbox, compared to 74 the week before.

I am not ‘grazing’ information I don’t need and without doubt moving more logically from one job to the next. I am not being distracted as much as usual.

I have also had a surprisingly positive reaction with Rosie McArtney being genuinely supportive and believing that more people will switch their own iPhone/Blackberry/Smartphone off. It may not be a coincidence that she lost hers earlier in the year and has been working with a nrmal phone for some time now too.

I’m spending more time on the phone speaking to customers and suppliers – again this has to be a good thing. That’s okay now as I’m using a phone that was designed a phone (Nokia 6300) and the battery life is awesome. It hasn’t needed charging since I switched it on, on Wednesday.

So am I going back now my week is up?

No. Not for now.

I’ll live week by week and see whether I drift into the same lazy habits I had fallen into before I underwent this experiment.

7 thoughts on “Living without an iPhone – a social and business experiment – Day 7

  1. There’s an easy alternative to this, John. I have a dreadful habit f putting my phone’s profile on silent for interviews/meetings and forgetting to switch it back for hours afterwards. It’s bliss…until I get a call on the office landline from ‘er indoors wondering why I’ve ignored all her texts.

    1. It isn’t actually the texts and calls I was missing, it was the constant distraction of emails. Why I can’t get it into my head that the email arriving is not more interesting or important than what I am currently working on. i’ll never know. I do know that not having push email switched on at all, means I work far more efficiently!

      And I certainly know what you mean about accidentally ignoring texts. Oops.

      Cheers. John

  2. John, I have tried this type of experiment in the past with similar results. The reality is, the iPhone will “pong” and the Blackberry will flash its red LED, but in the vast majority of cases it’s not urgent and in most cases its usually unsolicited, especially in the evening. However there is something strangely addictive about the phone with an unread email; could it be the response from Alan I was waiting for? or the confirmation of that order? Usually it’s an advert from a company you reluctantly signed up to 3 years ago with some vague interest. In some cases however it’s much, much worse; the cc (or bcc) email…. an email, which in most cases you really don’t need to be copied into. This for me is the biggest frustration of email and where the advent of mobile email devices has not helped. Why do people feel it is necessary to email one person but copy in a further 8 people? Is it to simply remind +8 people they work late or is it to genuinely update them on the subject matter? Either way you will have 1+8 disjointed opinions, some of value, but mostly not. Furthermore these opinions will flood in throughout the evening, because 1+8 people need to justify their iPhone or blackberry by responding out of office hours!
    Email is a wonderful development, but it’s clear we are being consumed by it. I can spend hours every day administering and deleting un-necessary mails. Instead would it not be better if I could be doing what I am actually employed to do? Fortunately of course I have a Blackberry which allows me to keep on top of these emails out of hours….

    1. email is the memo of the noughties. It seems to be a way, as you say, for people to cover their arses and show how committed to the cause they are by never switching off.

      But i absolutely don’t think it brings the best out of you. I think we are losing our thinking time by having to respond so quickly and simply having to be available.

      In the eighties the macho culture was lunch is for whimps, who dares leaves and huge I don’t think it did us any good. I think the braver and more sustainable move is to switch it off, have a life and check your emails when you need to – Like when some crap on celebrity skating think is on the TV or the dog is asleep.

      Cheers. John

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