And then I remembered I could be, just by switching my phone off.
- I realised how much I tap my pocket and pull my phone out. Mindlessly looking at the screen for any notifications.
- After a few hours the pocket-tapping habit was broken and it felt good to be phone free.
- I found time for things I always hope to do but never actually do (because I'm busy on my phone). Like reading my new Simple Things magazine, finding inspiration in it's articles, photos and recipes or reading the paper.
- I was present in the here and now, without being caught up with work distractions
- I felt just a little smug when I saw others on their phones and mine was SWITCHED OFF!
- Photos and memories could still be recorded (with my camera or on Sam's phone) and shared later if I really wanted to.
- I wasn't distracted by direct messages, what's app texts or emails. I knew that anything urgent would get to me somehow and in the meantime, the lack of contact felt great
- I could do it. I really DIDN'T need to have one hand in my pocket, with my phone at the ready, to whip out at any given moment.
If any of this rings true with you then I'd urge you to give it a go. Why don't you unplug for just one day over the bank holiday. I promise you, you'll be glad you did and your pocket will feel a whole lot lighter in the process.
Have a lovely bank holiday whatever your plans.