By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

Why Battery Life Really Matters


This is where my iPhone's battery was at 10:20PM tonight. I had taken the phone off the charger around 10AM that morning and had been using it sparingly throughout the day. Since I hadn't used the phone much, I didn't have a good idea of how my battery life was doing. On days like this where I have to work late, I have not always gotten this far with this much juice still in the tank. Having over half my battery left was amazing!

It was amazing not because it meant I could use my phone a lot more, but because I could choose to ignore it if I wished. I still had an hour;s drive home and needed the phone to make it though that journey. If I was sitting at 10% battery, my mind would immediately shift to thoughts of "where can I charge this thing now?" and "can I make it all the way home?" Neither of those thoughts help me in any way get my actual work done. In fact, they distract me from the tasks that I have to get done.

People who talk about productivity always talk about "friction" and for good reason. When it comes to smartphones, batteries are still a huge point of friction for a lot of people. I don't love the Samsung commercials, but they do have a point. When you're thinking about or tending to your smartphone, you're wasting time and mental cycles on this silly rectangle in your pocket.

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