I just got an Apple Watch.
When I told my husband I wanted a smartwatch, he wondered what use I would have for it. Wait, that sounds snide, and he wasn’t. But it made him think about what would he use it for, and after some time and research he concluded: nothing much. And it’s true that I don’t have much interest in the functionality that seems to be pushed very heavily, namely, fitness and workout tracking. I spent most of the first hour or so working out how to disable as many of those apps and displays I could find. (I don’t need an external device telling me how much I’m falling short or failing to do constantly; that software runs natively on my brain.)
No, I got it for making lists and notes. A particularly frustrating aspect of my ADD is that I can’t seem to keep more than three things — tasks to do, mainly — in my head at a time. It has nothing to do with their importance; rather, it seems to be a FIFO structure. New stuff overwrites old. Unfortunately, I usually have more than three things to do. So a list attached to my wrist seemed helpful.
The other thing is that I do a lot of my thinking in places where I can’t write/type stuff down: while driving; in the shower; when trying to sleep. A few years ago I had a smartwatch, and it was nice to be able to dictate a note to it that would then show up in my email (although I almost never succeeded in the necessary part 2 of that endeavor and reading the note). I wanted to be able to do that again. And since I currently have an iPhone, it made the most sense to get the watch specifically designed to work with it.
Of course, one of the first things I found is that I’d have to enable Siri on my phone to dictate to my watch — and probably Siri would’ve served as note-taker in my car this whole time, since I have a phone holder in the car so it’s close enough to pick up voice address. So I wondered if I’d been rather stupid in not exploring that option first. But while taking a shower half an hour or so ago, I realized: since I got the series 3 watch, it’s functionally waterproof, for my purposes. I could take notes in the shower if I want! Of course, when I thought of this, I was not wearing the watch because it’s been many years since I had a waterproof watch, and then I had to try very hard to keep the idea in my head long enough to start this blog post, because see above.
I’ve only had it for about 48 hours, so I’m still figuring out how to use it. (I may have hindered this slightly by setting the watch’s language to Japanese.)
And now I need to leave for dinner and I’ve forgotten what the next sentence was going to be anyway (things in brain: message from sister; dinner; sound of cat grooming), so this is going to stop here. Better posted abruptly than a draft forever, right?