This post really hit home to me when I first read it, but it was pointed out to me by my 14 year old daughter that I ALWAYS have my phone in my hand. When she is talking to me, I am often scrolling through either facebook, twitter, wordpress. I am hearing the words she is saying, but in all honestly I can’t say I am listening. This realisation has made me very sad and the mummy guilt is IMMENSE!
So something needs to change. NOW. So as of tomorrow my phone is just that. A PHONE. Just a phone, nothing but a phone. The rules for this challenge are:
- When I am out, it will remain in my bag (NOT my pocket) and it will stay there, unless it rings or I need to make an actual phone call.
- I will check my text messages ONLY twice while out and put it straight back in my bag afterwards.
- Let significant others know that you are doing this challenge so that they wont get mardy with you for ‘ignoring’ them.
This might seem like a little thing to a lot of people, but for me this is really going to be a tough one. I am going to start with 1 week. Sunday to Sunday, and I will write a follow up then. I tend to use the excuse that I use the camera a lot, so have to keep the phone handy. However, as part of my ‘September Bucket List‘, I said that I would take my camera out with me more. So this will help with that too 🙂
I am hoping that by taking part in this challenge, I am removing the metaphoric guard that being engrossed in a phone puts up and that I learn something about how I am portraying myself to potential new friends, but I also hope that my children will gain something from having my full attention. Watch this space…..
Do you use your phone way too much? Do you not have a smartphone by choice for this reason? Do you have any advice on how I can be successful in this challenge? I would love to hear from you.