How addicted to your phone are you? How often do you check it? How much time do you spend on social media? Do you itch to upload photos to facebook, or to comment on what you see? Are you a lurker?
It’s the weekend, and I am tired. Tired of talking, of writing, of interacting. As the days are going by life seems to be getting busier and busier.
Tomorrow I will go away with a group of young swimmers. Some are experienced and will so enjoy the day, the competition and the fun. Others are less so. Today for them will be filled with anxieties as they look forward to and dread tomorrow. For them the competition is a big deal, and their fears very real. I imagine tomorrow will be busy, not just coaching but managing mini meltdowns, and drying some tears.Today I also have a full day. So all in all very little time to charge my batteries. To sit and just be.
So this morning I made a decision. I will make my life a little bit less busy this weekend, a little more about relaxing in the moments I am free. How? Very simply. I will ‘lose’ my phone. This weekend I will only speak to the people around me, the people in my real world. I will not read my emails, there will be no facebook, no twitter, no wordpress.
I remember about ten years ago realising that wearing a watch was affecting my life. I was overly conscious of time. If I had to be somewhere I was checking my watch regularly before leaving, to see how long more I had. Instead of having an hour free, I was spending that hour waiting for the next one. This morning as I was thinking about ‘losing’ my phone I remembered those days. I also remember how liberating it was without a watch. I wasn’t ever late, but I definitely enjoyed my days much better, in the moment.
So today I hope ‘losing’ my phone will have the same effect.
Wish me luck. I’ll be back here tomorrow night and will let you know if I succeeded, or if in fact I am a phone addict beyond help.
Ps. The irony is that I just have to answer a couple of emails before I begin!