Wednesday, March 11, 2020

How to Stop Using Your Phone As a Clock

Post, Photo and Video by Rain San Martin

One of today's most troubling sites is a person continually reaching for their smart phone. While many would argue it is simply an efficient tool eliminating the need for a watch or timer, it provides an open door for distraction each time it is utilized.

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Clock for on the go.

Use a pocket watch or wrist watch when leaving your home. Invest in a self winding clock. Even a basic cell phone, when used to check time in public, sends the message that we are more engaged with the tool than the world around us.

Home clock.

At home have a mantle or wall clock. Bonus points for analog vintage style clocks. An added benefit is the instant historic ambience it will create.  If you own a grandfather clock you will automatically add a Victorian vibe to your haven. Yet those could be cumbersome to move.


I've stopped using the timer on my basic cell phone and kitchen stove, replacing it with an old world sand timer. The  15 minute coupled with the 30 minute timer give me the most flexibility I need for tracking focused periods of time.


Two timers help to assure I awake on time. Because I arise before my husband I use a quiet battery charged digital alarm. I would prefer an old fashioned analog clock yet they are very loud, therefore a compromise is best for the situation. There is no need to be legalistic when following a vintage lifestyle.

Now lets look at more ways we can stop relying on our mobile device. 

How to Stop Using Your Phone for Notes 

The infiltration of technology has been as a run-away train. Instead of selectively using it as a tool for specific tasks, we have become dependent on our technology for the most mundane of rituals, losing a bit of our humanity one step at a time. One way we can lead a more organic life is to discontinue the practice of taking notes on the mobile phone. 

Keep a mini-notebook on your person. 

I have a high quality mini-notebook in my purse for note-taking on the go. I use it to capture points during a special event, lecture or class. Keep excellent pens on hand. The PILOT Precise V5 has been my go-to for years. These pens glide easily and are perfect for pen and ink art.

Grocery list

Rather than looking down at your phone while shopping in public there is something refreshing about an old fashioned grocery list. While I used to write my list on a digital spreadsheet, I now keep an ongoing list in a paper notebook. Cost estimates of each item for budgeting purposes are included. Family members know of it's location so they can add requests.


When filling in special dates a calendar will be one more way to stay away from your device. I anticipate choosing a new one to hang in our kitchen each December. Currently we have a Thomas Kinkade calendar featuring his masterful paintings. Some people enjoy a planner. I myself rely on a daily routine, only writing unusual events onto our family calendar. 

Address book

It's time to bring back the address book! I've relied on my computers database for the last 20 years. An old world lifestyle can be innovative, as it unthethers us from the screen.

You can view my video How to Stop Using Your Phone As a Clock here.

Have a fun week and enjoy the world around you.

Rain ⏰

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