How often do you find yourself checking something on your phone while you're walking around, running errands, or sitting at your desk? I feel like I've gotten to a point where I'm on my phone almost any time I'm going from one thing to the next or waiting for anything at all, and it's starting to take a toll on how I feel about social media and work.
I don't know about you, but I'd like to spend a lot less time looking at my phone and more time engaging in the world around me. Even when I'm not really doing anything.
Life used to be so much simpler. Dating, staying in touch, finding your way from point a to point b, and even running errands will never be the way they once were. We text instead of call. Scroll through instagram or facebook to see what friends are up to. "Like" a photo to say hi. Answer quick work emails while waiting for our morning coffee.
My relationship with social media has changed a lot since I wrote this post, but now I'm ready to change my relationship with my cell phone. I've started spending less time on my phone and as a result took a really long time to reply to quite a few texts, so I'll have to figure that out, but it's felt great so far.
Last weekend, I accidentally left my phone at home while running an errand. And while I wasn't out for very long, there was something really nice about not feeling attached to that thing. It's not to say that I always pull my phone out, but yesterday, instead of checking email while walking a few blocks from my car to a meeting, I left my phone in my bag. I made an effort to really look around and enjoy the beautiful weather while it's still here. No email. No social. No distractions. Just me.
The next time you walk down the street, grab coffee, or sit down for lunch, pay attention to the number of people on their phones and try, for a little bit, to avoid being one of them.
Do you spend too much time on your phone? How would you like to disconnect?