Until a year ago I didn’t have a data plan for my phone.
Until earlier this summer, I didn’t even know how to check email on it.
(You’d be amazed what you can teach yourself with 23 hours. That scenery gets old, y’all.)All this is a protracted excuse for the fact that now I’m One Of Those People who checks her email on her phone when you get up to use the bathroom. I’m not yet Someone Who Surfs Facebook While You Talk About Your Breakup, but that might not be far down the line.
Let’s make a pact to be better than that, to be – at least slightly – less addicted to our phones.
Here are three things I’m doing to be less obsessed with my phone.
1. Leave it in the car
The number one reason I have a smartphone is that gorgeous, voice-guided GPS. I fail at maps and I don’t understand cardinal directions. (Whenever people say ‘Turn north off of 94″ I want to say “You know I don’t understand that. What if the sun’s down? JUST SAY RIGHT OR LEFT, A-HOLE.”) But once I get to my destination, I could probably just go ahead and leave my phone in the glove compartment of my locked car. Unless we’re expecting a super important call or text, I imagine we could all be safely separated from our phones for two or three hours.
2. Turn off your notifications
Every time I’d see that little icon notifying me of a new email, I’d immediately feel slightly less calm and slightly less present in the moment. Did I miss a client deadline? Was my grandma okay? Did I finally hear back about that amazing sofa on Craigslist? And all of a sudden, I wasn’t enjoying cocktails with my girlfriends, I was knee-deep in plans to rent a moving truck and pick up that couch.
3. Use actual, physical tools that serve the same needs (and use them with intention)
Each of these steps forces me to be a bit more intentional with my life + time and a bit more present in my life.
Are you addicted to your phone? How have you tried to get over that?