Like many of you, I use my cellphone for more than making calls and sending texts.
My phone isn't super fancy, but it serves as a communication device, calculator, calendar and an alarm clock.
So, I can balance my checkbook, keep track of appointments and talk to my grandma all with something I carry around in my pocket.
When it comes to waking me up on time, however, my phone is unreliable. Or, more accurately, it doesn't cut me any slack when I'm feeling lazy.
For example, I might set my alarm and fall asleep on the couch watching "Seinfeld" reruns. Then, I'll eventually wake up, stumble into the bathroom to brush my teeth and wander clumsily through the dark until I collapse on my bed, forgetting about my phone.
It will sound the alarm if its battery hasn't died during the night, and there's a good chance I might hear it. But, there's a good chance I might not.
Recently, I've gotten smarter, however, placing my phone near my bed before I enjoy the comforts of the couch in front of the TV. I make sure the phone is plugged in, so I know the alarm will wake me up in the morning.
When it sounds, however, I can easily hit the snooze button and crawl back into bed, carrying my phone with me. Then every five minutes, the alarm goes off, and every five minutes, I hit the snooze button until I feel that I have to crawl out of bed.
I've gotten to the point where I can do this with my eyes closed. Unfortunately, my thumbs failed me Wednesday morning when I apparently shut my alarm off on accident. As a result, I woke up about 90 minutes later than I normally do.
Typically, I spend roughly an hour getting ready for work. On Wednesday, I learned I can get out of bed and out the door in less than 20 minutes. I checked my cellphone calendar and realized I hadn't missed any appointments. It wasn't the end of the world. I set my own hours, so it just meant I had to work later to get everything done.
Next time I might not be so lucky. So, it's time to relieve my phone of one of its duties and dust off my old alarm clock - the one I used back in high school before I had a cellphone. Sure, its ring is really annoying, and they probably won't even make alarm clocks someday. But, sometimes the simpler devices are just more user-friendly - especially the ones we use when our eyes are closed.