Yesterday I overheard a young woman breaking up with her boyfriend while on the toilet. I felt like I was invading her privacy, even though she’s the one who chose to bring this conversation to a semi-public forum. I was happy that it wasn’t anyone from my office and I didn’t want to hear more of the exact details so I washed my hands and got back to work.
In our home the bedroom has two functions. One is sleep – the other I’ll leave to your imagination. We recently put blackout shutters on our bedroom windows. When they make snore shutters I’ll be installing them too. But for now, I’m sleeping better than ever – not that I ever had an issue with sleeping. Tom’s always been stunned by how quickly I can go from fast to off. I’m often asleep before my head fully settles into the pillow. I joke with him that it’s simply a matter of good living and a clean conscience.
The NACLNC Conference cruise is just around the corner and I know many Certified Legal Nurse Consultants will be bringing not just family members, but something even more near and dear to your hearts with you – that’s right, it’s your smartphones and tablets.
I don’t know which scares me more when I’m outside the U.S. on vacation – ridiculously expensive data/roaming charges or the idea of having my email tempting me every time I reach for my iPhone®. I know how to cut off data/email on that iPhone and how to use Wi-Fi to cut data costs but I’m afraid of forgetting to turn the data off and of giving in to the email temptation.
Our neighborhood has at least 5 bars – on my iPhone that is. But as I walk or move about in my car, or on my bike or Razor Pro Scooter, those bars come and go. Sometimes, depending on the wind direction and which leg I’m standing on, I can go from 1 bar to 3 bars and down to ½ a bar even while standing still.
None of us like to be away from our smartphones – even in a thunder storm. We’re having an unusually rainy summer here in Houston so here’s a simple Tech Tip developed from my own experience that Certified Legal Nurse Consultants can use in your own personal rain storms (or even when you’re working poolside or at the beach).
Conventional wisdom says that Certified Legal Nurse Consultants spend more time looking at their smartphones than they do talking on them. Between email, texting, checking the calendar for appointments with attorney-clients or playing Angry Ducks, that’s certainly true. Some people are only seen with smartphone in hand and rarely misplace them. Something we do misplace however is our receipts and tickets. Personally, I have a terrible time keeping track of simple things like dry-cleaning or shoe-repair tickets, etc. Perhaps it’s because my mind is on really BIG THINGS like Tech Tips – or maybe I’m just unorganized.
For some Certified Legal Nurse Consultants texting is a primary method of communication with CLNC® subcontractors, attorney-clients and friends. Myself, I’m more likely to pick up the phone and call you or send you an email than I am to text you. I think texting is a great way to communicate but when I text there’s nothing I hate more than getting involved with a “last worder.” You know what I’m talking about. Someone to whom you text “thank you” and they immediately text back “No problem.” They always have to have the last word. As you’ve probably discovered, they exist in the email world too. Short of saying “Siri, tell her to STOP IT NOW!” the only way to put an end to their relentless chain of texts and emails is to go “radio silent,” stop engaging and wait for them to text themselves out (or find another victim).
As much as I love my iPhone®, the autocorrect feature needs improvement. You know what I mean. It changes words we’re typing into words we don’t mean to type. Just the other day I received a text from a good friend that said “Phuket.” Now, you and I know that Phuket is a beach resort in Thailand. But what Siri, Steve Jobs and the Apple Nation doesn’t get is how or why that got into a regular text instead of the word “okay.”
The days of unlimited data flowing to our smartphones and tablets is ending. If you’re a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant who has had your access speeds “throttled” by your cellular service provider for uploading or downloading too much information (music, movies, podcasts, legal nurse consulting research, photos, etc.) there are solutions.