One whole week. Last Monday, I made a decision to go all the way and put my phone aside for an entire seven days. The phone and everything that comes with it, i.e. Social Media, Spotify, and even the new Candy Crush game.
Not an easy task, but… I survived.
How did I survive? No clue.
I would like to say my resilient thick skin, but that isn’t true at all.
I questioned my chances of making it all the way without my phone safely tucked in my left pocket. Always eagerly waiting on an excuse to reach for it again, and mindlessly scroll through infinite novelty.
To think, before the 80’s, no one really knew what a cell phone looked like, or was. A Samsung Galaxy Note or an iPhone would appear as science fiction.
A noticeable difference for me was my improved focus. Also, I felt like I had more time on my hands. That’s two big thumbs up for me.
When boredom struck, I would be more active about what to do next. Not pull out my phone. For me, that would be spending more time writing.
So, why did I decided to put ditch my cell for a week?
Simple, I noticed something.
I’m spending way too much time on my phone
Before completely opening up my eyes, the first thing on my mind is to check my Instagram or my Snapchat.
Maybe you can relate.
If I’m not cautious with my time, I can end up spending most of it just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. And when you have a deadline creeping up around the corner, mindless scrolling is as unattractive as a Monday morning hangover.
Don’t get me wrong, somedays the hangover is well worth it, but not exactly the smartest long-term decision.
But hey, everything in moderation, right?
I’m a few days into my disconnected journey and something else is noticeably apparent:
I Have More Time On My Hands
An abundance of time has been freed up now that I’ve put away my phone. I’m getting more done.
Pitches are sent and blogs are written. The dishes are washed and my clothes are ironed.
All of a sudden I’m being responsible again.
I also notice I’m more focused and engaged with whatever it is that I’m doing.
Since remaining focused is important, it only makes sense to increase the odds of having more of it. Which is why I believe cutting out your distractions is such a big deal.
It’s also worth being reminded how much of a luxury it is to have this amount of information readily available, at any given time.
At the end of the week, what struck me as most surprising is this:
I Feel Better Without My Phone
Like a burden lifted straight out of my pocket.
I know not everyone can relate to this, but the truth is; I feel much better without a cell phone.
I’m not constantly reaching in my pocket to see if anything has changed in the past three minutes.
That’s three minutes I could spend being productive elsewhere in my life.
Ultimately, what I’ve gathered from this week is that life feels more interesting without my phone, despite not being fully connected to the web 24/7.
This is something I can see myself doing more often.
Have any of you tried giving up your phone for a week? If so, what was your takeaway? Leave a comment, I’d love to know.