>We’d be the first to acknowledge we’d have a true “this is the end” moment of panic without some kind of tech device tethered to our person. After all, our shiny collections of gadgets serve a purpose, and that’s to make life a little more convenient and a touch (or tap) easier to navigate work, play, and everything in between. The ultimate goal, however, is for our devices to enrich our lives and allow us to live them better. And since cold-turkey unplugging isn’t always an option when we’re feeling a bit overloaded, we’re always on the lookout for alternatives that let us wear our tech and live our lives too.
>Our latest find in this arena? The Fossil Q Smartwatch, which nixes the one-design-fits-all concept to cater to what its wearer actually needs and allow for a more optimal work/life balance. To get a sense of how the device works, we turned to two creative mompreneurs, designer Kate Arends of Wit & Delight and illustrator Kelli Murray, both of whom have resolved to put down their smartphones in order to make time for new goals, activities, and hobbies in the year ahead. Keep reading to find out how smartwatches can help make 2017 your most fulfilling year yet.
In 2017, Arends hopes to be more present and focused when it comes to carving personal time out to explore new creative outlets. “I’m working on my writing,” the new mom tells us. “My goal is to sit down to write for 10 minutes at the same time each day. I feel like I’m constantly pulled in opposite directions—work and home, mom and businesswoman. I want to find harmony in life with regard to my time and be fully present [wherever I am]. It might sound simple, but I’ve found it exceptionally challenging in the past.”
Available in chic rose gold, Fossil’s voice-activated Q Wander touchscreen smartwatch can send you social media notifications as well as text and email alerts. Another reason to love it? You can customize the watch band for whatever look you’re going for.
The first step in creating a creative space that’s about balance and harmony is to be conscientious of the amount of disruptions you let in. Staying connected to the outside world is still important, though, and that’s where wearable tech comes in. The thing that sets the Fossil Q apart is that its chic digital display has a wide range of functions to keep you on track, allowing you to keep tabs on your calendar, see email notifications, and control your music without stopping to check your phone.
“It’s amazing how technology is helping change the idea of [the] workspace,” Arends says. “First laptops, then smartphones, and now smartwatches allow people to work wherever. It’s nice to be able to scroll through my Fossil Q to review upcoming meetings or shoot a quick email without having to dig for my phone.”
In addition to text alerts, the Fossil Q’s sleek digital display lets you control your music and track your steps. Bonus: It’s voice-activated, a feature that will definitely come in handy when you’re working on DIY projects.
Then there’s Murray, a successful illustrator and mother of two who is looking to recharge and reprioritize now that she’s turned her passion for all things creative into a full-fledged business. Murray started her blog in 2009 to showcase her artwork, and it’s since become a full-time operation that led to her launching her own children’s clothing collection, Rylee & Cru, inspired by her little ones. She’s busier than ever, but this year she’s determined to unplug a bit. “For me, last year was all about growing my business, but all the work did come at the expense of time with my family,” Murray tells us. “For 2017, my main goal is [spending] more time with them.”
Of course, when it comes to juggling work and family, staying energized is key. “By nature, I’m a night owl,” Murray tells us. “My goal for the New Year is to get more rest. I know that with that comes more energy, better productivity, and just overall better health. The sleep tracker feature on my Fossil Q watch helps me stay on track and on a consistent sleep schedule. It lets me know how many hours I’m sleeping each night and has an alarm option I can set when I go to bed.”
The Q Tailor Hybrid is the tech essential for the traditionalist—it looks like a watch but thinks like a smartwatch. The vintage-inspired timepiece is perfect for travel, too, since it automatically updates time zones and doesn’t require charging.
Will you be converting to the Fossil Q Smartwatch this year? Let us know in the comments below.