I’m not going to sugarcoat this: I love Apple products. I mark my calendar for Apple keynotes product announcements, and operating system release dates. I’m writing this post on an iPhone. Late last year, I took a big step in my relationship with Apple – I got an Apple Watch Series 2.
The original Apple Watch was released in April 2015, and I’ll admit, even as an Apple fan, I was skeptical. Overall, it appeared as though it just wasn’t ready for primetime. I convinced myself to wait and see what the next generation would bring.
When Apple announced the Series 2 and the third iteration of its operating system, watchOS 3, my primary concerns about the product were all addressed, as it featured improved battery life, better water resistance and a redesigned operating system.
Rather than write a review when I first got it, I waited for a few months to see how the Watch fit into my routine. Here are some thoughts, tips and tricks about how I use my Apple Watch during the workday.
Custom Watch Faces
On my work watch face, I prominently display my calendar, which tells me where I should be and when. I also have the date, time, temperature outside (using Dark Sky’s “Feels Like” temperature feature), fitness progress and finally the number of outstanding items on my to-do list.
When I’m outside of work, my watch face display is more focused on fitness tracking features. It prominently features the activity rings and progress indicators, and also shows the date, a quick way to access the workout feature, and my calendar.
Siri and Reminders
I use Siri on the Watch most often to dictate reminders. For example, I might say “Hey Siri, remind me to follow up with Attorney John Smith about contract negotiation next Monday at 8:30 am” after sending out a set of revised documents to opposing counsel. That will automatically create a reminder that will notify me the following Monday at the specified time. Reminders can also be based on a specific date, and also based on leaving or arriving at a particular location.
Notifications and Do Not Disturb
It seems like every app on your phone is competing for your attention these days. To combat that problem, I turn off most notifications for apps so that I check them on my own terms. I restrict notifications even more on the Watch, and generally am only notified with a tap on the wrist for calendar appointments, reminders, calls and text messages.
I also use the “Do Not Disturb” feature frequently throughout the day. If I go into a meeting or am focusing on a project, I turn on Do Not Disturb to avoid distractions.
Outside of the office, I love the fitness tracking capabilities of the Apple Watch. In the office, though, I appreciate the feature that reminds you to stand up and move around at least once per hour. It’s a convenient way to remind you to take breaks throughout the day and I often use it as a dual purpose reminder to go drink a glass of water.
I’m a fan of the Watch overall and over the past several months, I think I’ve identified the role that the Apple Watch plays in my day. It’s a versatile tool that you can customize to fit your lifestyle, both at home and at work.