I’m a Mac fan. I have a MacBook Air laptop, iPhone, iPad and iPod. I still have my very first Mac, an Apple Classic, tucked away in my basement right now because I can't quite bear to recycle it. What I have loved about Macs over the years is what everyone else loves: you get it home, turn it on and you start using it. No fuss, no complicated set-up procedures. It’s SO easy! But now my iPhone and laptop aren’t speaking to each other. I don’t know how or why it happened. I just started noticing that a phone number or email address I added to my laptop wasn’t showing up in my phone when I needed it – usually running late to an appointment and wanting to let someone know I was on my way.
The challenge with all these devices is that I am forever upgrading one or the other, whether it’s the software or the hardware. And then everything needs to be re-synced. To someone who knows only enough about technology to get herself into trouble, it’s not a good thing to go through seemingly complicated set up and syncing procedures. I just want to be able to turn it on and start working. I want all my phone numbers and email addresses and calendar appointments to just appear in whatever new device I’ve turned on for the first time. I want to be able to download a song and play it on any device. I don’t want to have to re-download that same song to every device.
I really want my life to work like that. I want to be able to plug and play. I don’t want to have to go through a set-up or syncing process every time something changes. Like my various technology devices, today my “iLife” needs some set up and syncing time on a regular basis to really work well.
Work-life balance is a myth. But the process of balancing is very real. For many people today, it’s a continual practice of noticing what’s working and what’s not in their lives. I wonder if, had I actually taken a moment to think through why I wasn’t getting all my information synced from one device to another, I would have caught this sooner?
Like so many others today, I have a ton of stuff competing for my time and energy: family, work, faith, friends, my health, home, my cat. I don’t want to give any of these up! I just want to feel like these things are all working together – just a little bit better than they are today.
I’m meeting next Wednesday with Reuben, my tech guy, to address the problems with my laptop and iPhone not talking to each other. He says I need to be doing this on a more consistent basis. Sometimes these issues will crop up as I upgrade the software or make any other changes, so I need to check in more regularly. Then I won’t get so frustrated with how things are working – or not working – together.
Good advice for my life, as well!