Beep. Our phones wake us up with their little alarms. How useful that our phones have alarms, right? One less thing to buy.
We grab the phone. We look at it, because it’s in our hand.
Ooooh, new notifications. A text. Some breaking news about Trump or Russia or sexual predators or something. A reminder about that meeting today.
Oh yeah, thaaat meeting. Shoot, I need to prepare for that. Hey, I wonder what’s happening on Instagram. I guess I’ll scroll through. Just 30 seconds. Oooh, new notifications. Some people like my photo. I wonder who. Interesting, I haven’t thought about that person in a while. I wonder what they’re up to. Oh wow, looks like their life and vacations and relationship are all going really well and photogenically.
Alright, I should get off Insta. But I guess while I’m on my phone I might as well see if I have any important new emails. Email app open.
OK, nothing too important, but I probably should respond to this one.
Well, I don’t feel like typing out my response on my phone, so I’ll grab my computer real quick. Gmail open. Pound out a response. I guess while I’m in my inbox I’ll tackle some other emails.
Oh yeah … thissss email. It’s still sitting here in my inbox like it has been for the past 9 days and I still don’t feel like responding to it. Command + T. Hmmm … did I just tell my fingers to do that? Anyway, here I am, the options are endless and enticing. What will my fingers type to distract me? Facebook? New York Times? Marginal Revolution? Is it weird not knowing until your fingers just do it? I don’t know.
So many links to click on. So many articles to read. I click on 20 of them and read 5. Interesting - an article about how to run more productive meetin …. WAIT, that meeting is only 3 hours away. I should prepare.
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