Now anyone that knows me knows that I am addicted to my iPhone. It is something I definitely depend on everyday. From my alarm in the am, to checking email, texts, facebook, twitter; to playing the only 3 games I allow on my phone Skee-Ball, Wheel of Fortune and the ever addicting DoodleJump. As much as our phones/devices keep us in the know, do they really keep us connected? Is that real connection? I recently read an article by Howard Mann in Seth Godin’s awesome free E-book, these words really stuck with me:
“We’ve become slaves to our mobile devices and the glow of our screens. We walk the streets with our heads down staring into 3-inch screens while the world whisks by doing the same. And yet we’re convinced we are more connected to each other than ever before. Multi-tasking has become a badge of honor.”
The line “we walk the streets…” made me realize how often when I am outside I am staring at my phone. I am missing out on connecting with one of my favorite things, the outdoors. Also, I don’t know how many times I have pulled out my phone during dinner conversations, or perused my twitter while on the phone with a good friend. Think of all the precious moments that I let fly by not being present and soaking up the real connection of what is in front of me.
So I am taking a stand and throwing in some self made mandates:
- I need to WILL start using a real alarm clock, to avoid checking my phone for emails & updates first in the am. All emails will be there in an hour or two. (Thank Lara for this fabulous pointer)
- My phone says in my pocket/purse until I have had 20 deep breaths of air when I get outside. I want to soak in my God-given surroundings.
- Strive to be present in conversations. Again keeping my phone/computer shut-down and focus on the person who I am sharing with.
I challenge you to try one of these out with me this week and let me know how it goes. Or if you have any other good unplugging tips, I would love to hear them. Now a small disclaimer, because my lil’ iPhone is glaring at me. I love my iPhone and its abilities and you might be amazing at Multi-tasking and this doesn’t phase you. But personally, I suck at this and I just don’t want it running my life. Hence the mandates. Wish me luck!
Just because every post is better with a photo.