Turning Things Off

Late last year, the screen on my iPhone broke.

The phone was an iPhone 5, and with a new one being released, I wasn’t going to get the screen fixed, in case I replaced it with one of the new models.

This meant that I was “phone free” for a while.

And let me tell you the initial detox was a struggle. I didn’t realise how much I touched or thought I needed to check my phone.

While I will admit that it was a bit of a pain in the proverbial, though once the habit was broken, things weren’t that bad.

I do have another phone, though now I am treating it differently.

I no longer give out my mobile number to clients or to whoever asks for it. If someone wants to contact me, they can call my landline number and leave a message.

I only use my phone to read and respond to personal emails.

Facebook has gone from the phone too.

Now the only it makes a noise is when I get a message, it rings or a ToDoist reminds me of something.

The way I see it, a mobile phone should be a tool that helps you manage your life, not one that runs it or you.

Which one does your phone do?

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