I can be the most annoying sister. I promise to pick someone up at such-and-such a time, or I assure people they can ring me, or I give the assumption I’m available for phone communication. Then.
I don’t answer.
Oh my I have got some beauties of text and voice mail messages because I have had it in my pocket or my car music is blaring or
It’s on silent.
And I just. don’t. answer. the. jolly. thing.
I often keep my phone with me at work (mostly for work purposes! Guilty face) and so don’t want my phone whistling at me while I’m serving customers (obviously). I turn it on silent. And forget to turn it back on again.
After doing this for a while for work, I forgot to turn the noise on again when I clocked out each day, so most of the time my phone lives in silence. (But on the inside, it speaks much! too corny?)
The thing is,
I actually quite like it in silent mode.
I miss the fun ringtone and the chirpy notification noises, but I notice how I change when it’s on.
Frankly, I look like a meerkat.
Or probably more aptly, like Doug from Up at the slightest though…SQUIRREL!
Right now, I heard that ding and the laptop was plopped to the side as I raced to my phone’s side to read what was going on.
It leaves me itching to just read that notification, unfocused on little else but my end goal: get to the phonnne.
Keeping my phone on silent, however, is calming.
I still see the lights that flash from my Samsung when I have a notification to read (and am still slightly too distracted by them). I still get glued to the screen and spend heaps of time on it.
But I feel more in control.
It can stay in my pocket until I am ready to read that text because right now, I may be working on something else.
Instead of demanding my attention immediately, it waits there patiently until I choose to look at it.
It is made for me, not I for the phone.
So I am learning to turn it off, leave it behind, and keep it on silent, and be master to my digital life once more.
How do you balance the phone-life deal?