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Not On My Watch

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I’ve got all the time in the world

I like puns.

I have a hard time keeping them out of the titles of my blog posts, and I often don’t succeed.

Today is no different.

That title refers to my new smart watch, not a period of time when I stand guard over my tribe.

But wait …

That’s kind of what I’m doing, I’m writing about my life so that those of you with ADHD can compare it with yours and we can maybe learn things together. That’s kind of like being on watch, right?

But back to the watch, the smart one on my wrist.

I pondered long

I had worried about getting a smart watch, would it be more distracting than an ordinary watch? Of course it would.

But it wouldn’t distract me more than an ordinary watch and my phone do together I didn’t think.

Was I right?

In some ways I was right, in some ways I was wrong, and in some ways this is better.

I’m both more distracted and less distracted if you can imagine that.

Let me explain

Watch faces are a thing on a smart watch, and I can’t decide which face I like the best. Additionally some of them can be customized.

So yes, I am spending some time playing with my watch to try to find the right face and options for me. I’ll tell you a little secret, I love analogue watch faces, but when I’m in a hurry I like the convenience of digital clocks. I also like to be able to see how many steps I’ve taken today, what my heart rate was the last time my watch checked, what the temperature is outside, what the date is and how many floors I’ve gone up since waking up this morning.

Additionally, there are other screens that show me how well I slept last night, what my appointments are today, the current atmospheric pressure and my altitude above sea level, not that I need those things, but they are interesting to an easily distracted mind.

So yes …

My watch is distracting.

But, it also does a few things that keep me away from my phone somewhat. When I receive a text or messenger message, my watch buzzes on my wrist. With a quick glance at the face I can see who messaged me and the beginning of their message.

Often that’s enough to satisfy my curiosity, let me know whether or not I need to attend to that message right away or whether I can leave it for later, or even ignore it completely.

And …

My watch has several pre-composed  responses that can be fired off with the flick of a finger should the message require my immediate response.

Another thing about my watch is that, when my phone would tell me I have an appointment or something else coming up in my calendar, my watch does it instead. I can just leave my phone in its holster, and that saves me some time.

What’s not on my watch?

There isn’t much that is missing from my watch, about the only thing would be a keyboard, I’m back to typing using a number pad, like on a 1990’s flip phone.

But hey, I can talk to it.

Okay, it’s true, I talk to many things.

But the watch, it talks back. Seriously. And that’s not distracting at all, eh?


Not On My Watch

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2019). Not On My Watch. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 27, 2020, from


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