Handcuffed by the Apple Watch


My time with the Apple Watch has been largely fulfilling and I have found it to be very useful for a variety of reasons. I never miss notifications and as a watch it is excellent, apart from those moments when it fails to light up and I have to shake my wrist.

However, perhaps the most noticeable feature is the exercise tracking which is quite superb in my opinion compared to other fitness trackers I have tried. It appears to be deadly accurate, intuitive and it really does get under your skin. And there lies the problem that I am starting to have.

My quest for perfect weeks and even perfect months is slightly too absorbing for my tastes and I am starting to lose focus on what it is supposed to do. I am not exactly getting fitter or losing weight, but I am wholly focussed on completing the rings every day and patting myself on the back.

The main problem is that the goals I have set myself are not too extreme because with work and everything else, I do not have time to take it all too seriously and to actually get healthier. But I do worry about the rings and the numbers.

This leaves me with a decision and once again I am struggling with the idea of a smart watch. Part of me wants to sell a couple of my old watches, go out and buy a brand new Oris and wear it for the next 2 decades.

Another part thinks I should persevere because it is the future.

Square one is back and doesn’t seem to want to go away, but I suspect I will be back with a traditional watch in the next few days.

One thought on “Handcuffed by the Apple Watch

  1. Don’t like the focus on “daily goals” myself. Set the goal high to encourage yourself, and one busy day ruins your record. Set it lower, and the compulsion to do that extra bit vanishes.
    Much prefer a “weekly approach” option…

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