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I'm going to be honest with you—I love technology, but when the Apple Watch was released, I was skeptical. The price was way outside of my budget, and, as someone who's already glued to my phone, I was worried that having one would only help technology monopolize more of my time. But, when my mom so kindly gave me one for Christmas, I was excited to give it a shot.
I've had it for three months now, and I've been pleasantly surprised by its ability to cut down on my tech-time instead of increasing it. I get a lot of questions from people asking if I think they're worth the investment, so I've decided to share the top Apple Watch features that have helped me run my business and my personal life more efficiently.
I thought that the Apple Watch would make me more attached to my phone because you get notifications on your wrist when you get a call or text, but it's been the opposite. Because I get the messages straight to my wrist, it's freed me from having my phone nearby all the time. Now, as long as my phone in my apartment with me or in my pocket or bag when I'm out, I know I'll get any messages to my wrist and I can scan them and decide whether or not they need to be addressed on my phone right away.
I also love the ability to answer phone calls on your wrist. Not only do I feel like James Bond, I also can catch up with friends or family on the phone while doing something else, like cleaning my room or cooking.
I lose everything. I mean EVERYTHING, and my phone is one of the biggest victims of my forgetfulness. The Apple Watch has a great feature to "ping" your phone anytime you misplace it, and I use it at least once a day.
I was a big Fitbit fan for awhile. It helped me increase my exercise, but once I got out of the habit of wearing it, I never put it back on again. Because the Apple Watch does more than track my steps, I'm more diligent about wearing it every day. The activity tracker marks your active minutes and calories burned, and it helps remind me that every little bit of activity counts and adds up during the day. It's helped me get moving more, and I've lost 10 pounds since January because of it!
I also love that I can connect with friends and family and get notifications when they complete workouts or hit their goals. Getting a message that my husband, brother or friends have completed a workout is the perfect extra bump of motivation when I'm having a lazy day!
The activity tracker also sends you an hourly reminder to stand up if you haven't in the last 60 minutes. I get a little buzz on my wrist the last ten minutes of every hour if I have been sitting the whole hour. Working from home, this really helps remind me to get moving, even when I'm in the zone!
I never would have imagined this would come in handy so much, but we cook so often that it does! Anytime I'm cooking and need to set a timer, I can say, "Hey Siri, set a timer for X minutes" and it starts right away. This hands-free tool has been so helpful while trying to juggle multiple tasks in the kitchen.
Do you have an Apple Watch? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comments!