TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-19: Balancing Your Tech and Personal Life, Apple Pencil Cases

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If keeping up with Apple's fast paced tech advancements and new products feels overwhelming, John Martellaro has some suggestions for getting your life back. Along with John, Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about balancing their tech gear piles with the rest of their lives, and Kelly has some suggestions for keeping your Apple Pencil—and the rest of your stylus collection—under control.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-19: Balancing Your Tech and Personal Life, Apple Pencil Cases

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As an Apple Pencil carrying case there is always the possibility of using the Apple TV Remote Loop since it has a lightning connector.  By having an Apple Pencil attached to your wrist and ready to go at a moments notice Apple could call it, wait for it, QuickDraw. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

In regards to what John was saying, my household has two MacBook Pros, one iMac, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini 3, two iPhone 6s, Apple TV 4, Apple TV 3, and two Apple Watches.  When Apple does their mega-software release days my house comes to a day-long standstill as I go around updating all these devices so that they will continue to work with each other.

I also agree with and I am in a similar situation as Kelly.  Outside of my home Wifi in my area is nonexistent, and cellular can be hit or miss.  As Kelly mentioned it also affects my purchase choices, such as not using a streaming service.  I also usually buy the maximum storage options on iPhones and iPads because I will likely take all my desired content with me.

The main thing I do to keep from being overwhelmed from all the tech is consistently reevaluate my productivity methods and question my habits.  For example, the Apple Watch has been great for me because it acts as a e-mail and messaging filtering device while I go off and do other things.  If I am on my iPhone or Mac and I get a message or e-mail I am likely to stop what I am doing and respond, but with the Apple Watch I can be aware of what is going on without the disruption of having to immediately respond or be glued to a device all day.  To totally get away from tech I will work in the yard/gardening or do home improvement projects.

One of the main reasons I like Apple products so much is that they are always reevaluating why we work they way we do.  I mentioned in a comment a few days ago (I changed my screen name from MarcusVex) that the iPad Pro has me thinking about how and why I work they way that I do; and that is exactly what I was hoping for.  I don’t want to keep working they way that I have.  I want to improve and be able to do more things. 

A lot of the iPad Pro reviews I have seen around the web claim that the iPad Pro does not allow them to work they way they currently work, so therefore it is a failure; which to me is just crazy because I wanted it to change the way I work.  For example, today (even though I don’t have an Apple Pencil yet) I went outside and sat in the shade with my iPad Pro and painted.  I have never done this with any other device and it was an absolute joy to be able to do that now.  I would never have even consider doing that with my other devices.  I also just typed this whole comment using the on-screen keyboard, which is something I would not have attempted before.

Lastly, there is a book called “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”, which is about the neuroscience of how we humans form habits and how to change them; I highly recommend it.
(Also, apologies for the extra long comment.)

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