Thursday, July 12, 2012

Smartphones are Smart!

I'm old enough to remember when you had to pick up a phone to find out who was at the other end. The phone you picked up had a cord and you could only go so far across the room with it. I remember waiting by the phone for a guy to call and Heaven forbid someone actually try to use the phone while I was waiting! LOL! Have kids today even heard a busy signal??

Times have changed. Everyone has a cell phone now, and not only that, many of us have Smartphones: i Phones, Androids, Blackberries, HTC, ... the list goes on. Our lives are on our phones. Phone calls are the least of it. You can play games, send and receive emails, keep up with your contacts and more. You can practically run an office from your smartphone.

Here are three things that smartphones can teach us.

  1. There is always room for work and for fun. You have apps for email, and work but, I bet, on that same phone, you have games to play, music to listen to and maybe even an app to watch TV or to read books. If your phone can strike a work/fun balance, so should you!
  2. Every so often, you need to recharge your battery. Even the best phone's battery will drain if it doesn't get recharged. In fact, you can only push it so far before the battery completely dies and the phone shuts off. The phone forces a recharge. Some times we continue to work long after we should have shut down. Take time, on a regular basis, to recharge your own batteries. Ironically, you'll find that the time away will make you more effective when you get back to work.
  3. Sometimes you need to update your apps. App updates are great. They come with new features, bugs get fixed and hopefully, you end up with a better app. Every once in while consider an upgrade. Learn something new. Do something differently. Take a chance. Upgrade yourself.

Yes, your smartphone is smart, but I don't think it will ever be as smart as the person using it!


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Anonymous said...

I love the metaphor! Thanks!