So yesterday was the perfect storm of personal and work events. Way too hectic. At the end of the day I was going to Disney’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party at Magic Kingdom. Once home, and getting ready to head to the park I got multiple texts, emails, and calls about work.
I love my iPhone. I use it all the time. I have a lot of useful apps, and being connected to the office has paid off countless times.
I knew that the things at work would consume my family time if I didn’t get away from it. I did not want to spend the evening on the phone email, and texting. So, even though I had a handy new app for seeing Disney attraction wait times, I left my phone at home.
I’m not sure you understand how big a deal this is. I love my job, and like to excel at it. I like to be able to be responsive. I like my phone, and like to be able to look at the weather info (which we needed since it rained) and anything else I want. I love being connected.
But that connectivity comes with a leash. To have that access, I also had to be willing to see texts and messages about work, which would distract me from my family. I chose to disconnect from my electronic tether. I spent the next several hours without a phone at all. I missed it, but I enjoyed the time with family. I got home and had 6 emails and 4 texts about work. I replied to some then, and dealt with the rest today.
The world didn’t stop spinning. Work didn’t crash and burn. I survived.
I kind of liked it.