My Smartphone Was in My Hand Whenever I Woke Up or Stopped Meditating

Offgrid Mindfulness founder L.R. at Zuni Cafe

Hi there! My name is L.R.  I love food and hospitality so I work as a server in a restaurant in Boulder, Colorado.

In 2018 I realized I had a problem — I was on my smartphone too much, especially in bed.

I also was using my phone as a mediation timer, and I found myself getting sucked into the internet right after meditating. Not ideal.

I came up with a solution which involved using a physical clock and timer in my bedroom and charging my phone overnight in another room.

(You can read an in-depth version of the steps I took towards mindful phone use in this blog post.)

None of the clock/timers available had the simple, specific features that seemed like no-brainers to me. So I designed my own.

Meditation timer and alarm clock

The Offgrid Mindfulness Clock


A meditation timer and alarm clock that gently rouses you from your (in)activity with a calming chime

The Beginnings of a Family Business

I used my savings for the development and production of the first 200 clocks. When the clocks are finished I'll be sending them out to people from my mom's garage.

(My mom, who is in her 70s, is eager to help out. When I thought I'd have the clocks in January she asked me if we should get a space heater. Mom — if it comes to that, we'll get you a space heater!)

As of now the clocks will be ready in June.

The Offgrid Mindfulness Vision:
Freedom and Joy

As this endeavor became more involved, I realized I needed a guiding vision to come back to when I faced setbacks (there have been a few), or if I didn't want to do any work before going to my day (night) job, or when I had to write a check for a substantial amount of money.

What resonated most is the vision statement I use in my personal life. What do I want in life, for me as well as for the people I seek to serve?

Freedom and joy.

My phone use was taking up my time and sucking the joy out of my life, and I had no control over it. When I determined a solution, the tool I found – as imperfect as it was – helped me restore freedom and joy to my life.

My hope is that my version of this simple tool – a meditation timer and alarm clock – can help others facilitate some freedom and joy in their own lives.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to email me with any questions.

Wherever you are in your journey, I wish you all the best.



Do you meditate with your phone?
What does your phone use look like?

If you think you could gain a little (or a lot) of freedom and joy by using this simple, elegant, unconnected-to-the-internet meditation timer and alarm clock, you can sign up below to receive updates on the progress. You'll be the first to know when they're ready.

The introductory price is $37

(25% off the full price of $49)