Don’t get me wrong, once I get on the train, I pull out my phone or iPad and start reading or listening to my podcasts, just like the rest of ’em. And I check my personal phone a bit more often than I should at work. But… BUT! One thing I want to do in this Busyness month is to reclaim the little moments.
I’m talking about the little snippets of time… waiting in line, being in the elevator, arriving early at an appointment. Those unplanned moments in between the big events where I’d be tempted to whip out my mobile phone to keep myself busy or entertained.
I’m not too bad at this, to be honest. I do most of my driving without listening to the radio; one time I was on a long drive with some friends, and one of them asked to put the radio on because she couldn’t stand the silence. I never use my phone when I’m crossing streets or walking in public places (unless I’m looking at directions) or getting on/off public transportation — I admit I get a bit annoyed at people who do that and during rush hour and end up slowing down everyone else. (Sometimes, I peek at what they’re doing on their phones that’s oh-so-important — it’s usually a TV show, Facebook, or a game.)
I realised that these moments of time are too brief for me to do things efficiently anyway, and filling it with junk information wasn’t helping my case. I need a bit more time to get into the zone for me to properly read whatever book I’m reading, or to respond to an e-mail, so in these short moments, I usually resort to random articles or Instagram. And really, they don’t add that much value to my life… I’m letting myself fill my time with unimportant crap and feeding an addiction to junk news or social media. I realised that somehow, I had put “be updated on my Instagram feed” and “see what’s going on fluff news websites X, Y, Z” on my to-do list. Now I’m taking it back.
(For the record: One of my biggest fears in life is becoming someone who can’t even do #2 without their mobile phone.)