How an Android Phone Can Make You Better at Scheduling and More

How was your weekend? Mine was eventful, mostly because of the white stuff…snow. The last couple days are a blur, but as I remember things, I had to dig out both Sunday and Monday. Sunday was an inch or so, and Monday was about twice that.

Let’s just say I’m happy I could roll out of bed today, and get to it.

I’d like to talk about something I don’t usually talk about: my phone. It’s a small LG Android doohickey with about a gig and a half of free space usually (more on that later). A friend of my mom’s saw it and said it was one of the “indestructible” ones (since I’ve dropped it a time or three and nothing’s really happened to it). The phone is the smaller kind that actually fits into a pocket or my jacket without having to jam it in at a strange angle or not having it go in at all because it’s so huge.

This phone, though, has a very small hard drive–slightly less than 2 gigabytes if the phone is empty (which it can’t be now because of everything I’ve already put on it).

A strange thing the phone does, or the internet, manufacturer, or what-have-ya, is preload the thing with apps from Google–Gmail, Chrome, so on, so forth. But there are other apps that I don’t use at all, like Maps or Hangouts (which maybe I should, but that’s the subject of another post, and likely another blog). Okay, the manufacturer did the preloaded part, but if I need space, which I sometimes do, I’ll delete some of those apps.

The weird part is that when I do that, it takes about 2 minutes for the phone itself to register that the apps aren’t there, and update them from the Google Play store right away. Which can be annoying to me because I have to keep deleting the apps over and over (and I don’t know if disabling them will cause “misbehaving” as I think the phone says).

Maybe it’s true that writers need technology, but it’s also true that technology needs us. And just like some apps that keep popping up, sometimes as writers (and people in general) we have a lot of distractions, especially with things being mid-December and all that (which means that 2017 will be here soon–I know I shouldn’t say it, but I did).

All of that means that throughout everything, everyone (Ty included as #1 at the top) needs to keep writing. Mary Rosenblum (of Long Ridge Writers Group before the new ownership and name change) said to aim for a sentence a day. One guy who’s in a writer’s Facebook group I’m in said he writes 7 words a day.

That’s also part of why I’m here 3 days a week. I don’t journal as much as I used to (mostly my own fault) but I know I need to (and can do) more. I don’t set goals as well as I should, but I do try to block out time to get things done.

Kinda like bumping apps off my phone that I don’t have time or use for.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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