An apple a day keeps the doctor away — a saying that is truer today than ever before. Being my own boss for nearly half a year now has upped my stress levels significantly. Staying on top of all the projects — in addition to the correspondence, events and everything in between that comes with all the work — has been a challenge. It’s interesting to note the difference between knowing how much an entrepreneur has to deal with on a day-to-day basis and then being faced with that workload yourself.

But the apple I prescribed myself isn’t one that sits waiting in a fruit bowl. It’s a much chicer — albeit less tasty — one that rests on my wrist. A few weeks ago I got my hands on an Apple Watch and I’ve noticed a shift in my organization and relationship with my other devices ever since. Health and fitness aside, which I will go into another time, these are a few of my favorite features of the Apple Watch:


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1. The face. More than a typical watch face, I can see not only the time, but also the temperature and my calendar at a glance. Although customizable, I’ve kept these elements immediately on hand since my work calls me to run around almost on the hour. There was a time when I missed events or would barely be ready for a call because my alert didn’t go off on my phone — or I wasn’t in reach of it to get the notification. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen anymore unless I’ve made the mistake of not putting something in my calendar to begin with.

2. Email and messages. I’m constantly in communication with someone. But because I’m always on-the-go, holding my phone in my hand (especially when cycling) is a hazard not only to myself, but the device as well. I’ve smashed the screen too many times to count. But since my Apple Watch is paired with my iPhone, those messages come through and I can see immediately who it is and if I need to respond right away. Text messages are especially easy with the preloaded responses.

3. Liberation. Closely related to #2 is the fact that with the Apple Watch, I’m not as much a slave to my iPhone as I once was. It’s easy to be nose deep in my iPhone — especially in my line of work. But a lot of the time it’s the rabbit hole effect. I check to see if any emails or texts have come through and before I know it an hour has passed and I’ve wasted time on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter too. I’m always connected through my Apple Watch — but only connected enough, if that makes sense. I see what comes through and can judge if I need to be on my phone or not.

As I mentioned, these are just a few of my favorite features of the Apple Watch. It is a luxury device, but the luxury it affords is more useful than even I could have anticipated. Stay tuned for my thoughts on its health and fitness benefits!