Okay... So my Smartphone crashed and battery replacement will cost nearly half of what it will cost me to invest in a brand new (albeit not latest) model smartphone and I needed a time-teller called a watch, a notsmartwatch because heck why spend that kind of money on a smartwatch either?
Observation 1: I FEEL IMPORTANT. I feel as if I have somewhere to be, somewhere to go, something to do.
Observation 2: I FEEL OFFICIAL. I don't look like I'm some doofus who is only casually checking my smartphone to idly pass my time with text, voicemail, internet browsing, etc.
Observation 3: I FEEL ATTENTIVE. When I am actively caring for young kids, I look like I am actually keeping my eye on them instead of appearing to be whiling away on a smartphone or smartwatch... Because, you know that once you've checked the time on your smartphone or smartwatch and you notice that incoming text/call/voicemail/reminder/etc you missed... Well then... your attention will definitely be divided between your conceptual duties and your babysitting/childrearing duties.
Observation 4: I FEEL PROFESSIONAL. Face it. Even if you were only checking the time at work using your smartphone, it does come across as somewhat unprofessional. Your coworker may wonder where your attention really is. Your customer thinks that you're goofing off, not really working, and that they might be blown off or dismissed or dissed or whatever. Don't even get me started on your bosses...because you know what they'll think? Why, your computer has the time built into its taskbar...so why must you check the time on your smartphone/watch?
Observation 5: I FEEL BEAUTIFUL, ELEGANT. Okay, this observation actually really depends on the style category of the watch you chose or choose to invest in. I happen to have gotten one of those feminine Rolex knockoffs at the local superstore that makes me feel elegant when I wear it. Not bad for a $13 (post-taxes) watch, yes? ;-)
Observation 6: I FEEL I HAVE MORE TIME. I probably do have more time. Without access to a smartphone/watch, I spend less time browsing through all the emails, texts, voice messages, etc. In fact, I spend zero time on such things.
Observation 7: I FEEL FOCUSED. Checking the time on a notsmartwatch is a few-second endeavor that answers a what-time-is-it question. I fast-track the mental math to derive how much time I have before I need to get to the next to-do thing or to-be place. After checking the time, I can refocus and get right back to the task at hand.
Observation 8: I FEEL WELL-RESTED. The reduced exposure to blue light actually had me sleeping deeper. I woke up earlier and more well-rested! This goes back to Observation 6. I really *do* have more time. Caveat: since my smartphone/watch crashed I have only exposed myself to computer screen. Your results may vary if you still have access to excessive amounts of exposure to blue light.
Observation 9: I FEEL PROSPEROUS. A notsmartwatch keeps running and running and running... The only time I need to reinvest in it is to get a new battery for it in X amount of months/years. Saving money makes me feel rich.
Observation 10: I FEEL PREPARED. In case of emergency, such as earthquake or some other major natural disaster that cuts access to energy lines, etc, a notsmartwatch requires no such digital/electrical dependence. A notsmartwatch is an excellent addition to any go bag.
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