I have a love-hate relationship with technology, and I'm going to go out on a limb here and say we all do, particularly with our iPhones. Ever since I purchased my phone (aka baby computer), I've used it as my alarm clock. I love how reliable and accessible it is, and the fact that I don't have to set it each day. But, it also meant that, until recently, my iPhone was the first thing I touched every single morning, and the last thing I checked at night.
While I'm (pretty) diligent about not hopping on Instagram until I get to the office, I can't tell you how many times I would see a text, email, or some other notification that would either send me into a frenzy or simply take me out of my morning and into an unproductive headspace. Something as small as a text from a friend would be enough to distract me from twenty minutes of my morning, a time alone that I try to treat as sacred for reading. After years of hating the landmines that came with checking my phone pre-dawn, I finally did something about it: I bought an alarm clock.
I know, I know the swap may seem obvious (by the time you've read this my mom has already called to say "I could have told you that!"), but I can assure you it wasn't since it took me eight long years to figure out. Thanks to this purchase, my bedtime and morning routines look entirely different. Now, I'm able to charge my phone in my kitchen, plugging it in and blissfully forgetting about it as soon as I'm home. And where I used to grab my phone at 6 AM every single morning, I no longer touch it until 8:30 AM, when I unplug it for work.
Plus, it's not just any alarm clock, it is, I believe, the best alarm clock (it better be anyways, at $79, though I found an affordable alternative here). The wood design is much sleeker than digital alternatives, but it doesn't make a ticking sound, it's easy to use, and the snooze button doubles as a very dim light for checking the time in the dark. Don't believe me? I'll just leave this right here.