I'm back at work today.
No more 10am sleep ins. No more beers from 3pm (everyday). No more meaningless but fun choices to make (golf, surfing, water skiing or fishing?). I have to put my watch back on and actually try to remember what day of the week it is. My Summer holiday is officially over.
The first day back at work is usually a killer for me. Once I have said 'happy new year' to everyone my first day each year would normally consist of going through one tremendously huge list of email's, filtering out the important ones and trying to make some sort of sensible priority list. Not this year though, all thanks to my 'gadget for 2007'- the iPhone (with a little help from Gmail's IMAP feature of course).
When I returned to work today, I had 19 emails that I needed to action. That was all. After 2 weeks of holiday- impressive huh. This is all thanks to the fact that I could delete the useless emails using my iphone whilst I was on holiday. Its so easy to do on this new apple phone that even a drunk person would find it simple (I can personally attest to this).
Receiving and filtering email becomes second nature, in much the same way that text messaging is to most of us today. The benefits of this are more obvious than ever to me on this very day, my first at work in 2008.
Apart from the later 'email filtering' benefit, I must take this opportunity to mention an additional benefit that my iPhone granted me this holiday season. The acronym 'JFGI' became extremely popular amongst family and friends during my summer holiday. It stands for 'Just fucking Google it!'.
The growth of google as an information resource to help answer inane questions whilst drunk is phenomenal. The cool thing was that my iPhone became the mobile 'JFGI' machine. In the end I was constantly called upon to 'JFGI' questions that needed to be answered urgently in the heat of drunken debates.
My iPhone has been the most useful accessory over my summer holiday. By a country mile.