You might remember when, a few weeks ago, I blogged about my addiction to all things social media. Well, since then I’ve done something sort of revolutionary.
Something sort of… crazy.
Are you sure you’re ready for this?
I’ve SILENCED MY CELL PHONE.
Not long ago, when I was working to complete a pretty intense revision, I turned my phone to vibrate. All of the pings and chirps and rings were a major distraction and, quite frankly, they were driving me nuts. Predictably, I was able get a hell of a lot more revising done — a hell of a lot quicker — without having to stop and fiddle with calls and emails and texts. Imagine that!
Unpredictably, the self-imposed break from social media (and the demands of constant communication in general) turned out to be something of a relief.
I never could have guessed how freeing it would be to check my email and Twitter and Google Reader when I felt like it, NOT every time my phone summoned me. Instead of answering calls and getting tied with a chat, I listened to voicemails and returned calls when I had time to give friends and family my full attention. I replied to texts and emails when I had a few spare moments, rather than dropping everything (or pausing in my revising) to key out immediate responses. I let myself surf Pinterest and Facebook during lunchtime (and only after my daughter finished eating and left the table). It was… really nice, and even though my revision is since complete, my phone is still set to vibrate.
And you know what? I think it’ll stay that way for awhile.
Have you ever hushed YOUR phone?