I have a confession right now: I’m so sick of my phone.
And the really sad part about this? I have a number of friends who feel the same way.
I recently talked Maxie off of the ledge as she was tempted to trade her iPhone in for a flip phone. I 100% understood where she was coming from and felt pretty similarly myself. The problem, as I told her, was that she was likely going to need that phone at some point.
Yes, everyone survived decades ago without phones… but I don’t think the argument has the strongest legs to stand on given society’s reliance on mobile technology. We’re entrepreneurs where our phones act as the “key” to our virtual office. People cancel last minute because they know they can just text you an update. Banking, transportation, and careers are so intertwined with smartphones. As Maxie and I were texting, it became very apparent that ditching the phone altogether wasn’t going to work.
For me, being on my phone is a HUGE part of my job. Laptops are a staple as well, but I just can’t imagine how I could be a blogger without a phone. Or, I don’t know, hiring someone to manage the phone stuff so I wouldn’t have to. (I actually did suggest this to Maxie who is busy prepping to promote her upcoming book.)
I think I’m feeling the burden of my phone a lot more than usual right now because of my heavy travel. Sitting down at my desk with my laptop doesn’t feel as invasive as walking around a beautiful place with my phone ringing and dinging every two seconds. There was a point this week where I was oh so tempted to toss it in the ocean.
To combat the frustration, I have implemented a few things to help. And I’d love to know what you do. Any advice is welcome– definitely leave a comment!
ONE // No Emails
I do read emails from my phone, but I try not to send emails from my phone. I have my settings so that my emails don’t push for new notifications until I do it. It allows me to set the schedule on when I read emails versus hearing constant notifications. (If you’re new here, you should know that I take emails extremely seriously.) Reading emails on my phone only takes a minute or two as I pretty much only scan them to make sure that there are no fires to put out. IF something needs a response immediately, I take a minute to find a quiet spot to construct the email carefully. Otherwise, I wait until I’m back at my desk and properly set up for work.
TWO // Textinggggg
I have a love/hate relationship with texting. Most of the time I don’t mind it. But I get so many text messages on a daily basis that it’s challenging to keep up. I used to try to respond to everyone, but I just can’t anymore. Again, if it’s an emergency or if I’m not doing much and can afford to be a little distracted, I’ll respond. Otherwise, I wait until I’m back on my computer again since I use iMessage on it. I can deal with many texts so much easier that way!
THREE // Social
This is something I’m working on. I took my iPhone into the Apple Store a few months ago to figure out why my battery was draining so quickly. I thought there was a hardware problem. Nope! I was spending an INSANE amount of time on Instagram. Yes, Instagram is a large part of my job, but I know a portion of my usage was just from aimless scrolling. I unfollowed a lot of people, so there’s less to watch and look at in my feed. And I try to catch myself from opening the app up for no reason.
I also turned off all of my notifications from Twitter and Snapchat and other social apps, so there are fewer interruptions. I still have some Instagram notifications because I haven’t found a good way to track when someone comments my name on a post other than my own. (Any tips there?!)
FOUR // Silence is Golden
The best solution that I’ve found for not getting distracted by my phone? Forgetting that I have a phone. Putting my phone on silence is KEY for quieting not only my phone but my mind as well. If I’m working at my desk, I try to keep it off entirely. And if I’m out with friends, I put it on silent, hide it in the bottom of my bag, and enjoy myself! Oh, and if you’re not putting your phone on silent (or better yet, airplane mode) while you’re sleeping… you need to do it!
Whenever I’m feeling worked up or overwhelmed by my phone, I put it on silent too. It’s the next best thing besides throwing it into the ocean.
FIVE // It’s Not That Important
The hardest thing that I’m trying to work on the most? Reminding myself that at the end of the day, whatever the notification is, it’s never as important as it feels. 99.99% of things can wait.
What are your tips?! How can we stay sane without moving to a cabin in the woods?!