Growing up we had a yellow telephone hanging on our kitchen wall. From time to time it would ring. When home, we’d answer it. When away, it would just ring and ring and ring. We didn’t even know what we missed, and we survived.
Then one day, magic happened. My mom brought home the fanciest thing ever. A little brown plastic box that had a couple of mini cassette tapes inside. It was called an answering machine! Now if our yellow phone happened to ring while we were away, the person calling could simply leave us a message…amazing!
The machines take over
Several years ago, I got rid of my home phone. It’s like it had a little leash on it. I’d pack up with the family to go out and play and it had to stay behind, strapped to the wall. It just sat there neglected, unused and sad.
One night while it was sleeping, I unplugged it, put it in a box and left it at the Goodwill. It was cruel, but I had moved on to something new. It was better, faster, sexier and didn’t have a leash. The iPhone!
But what started out as fun, cool and sexy has slowly become an annoying little monster, demanding my never-ending attention. Any given hour I’ll have a barrage of phone, text, email or calendar reminders going off. It’s like having a little popcorn maker going to town in my pocket. And mostly, it’s nonsense.
Escaping the monsters grip
Step one was removing the firm little grip it had on my eyeballs and attention. I’m simplifying my life, and my little monster is out.
If you have an iPhone there’s a handy little feature called Do Not Disturb. I’m sure there’s a similar feature for Android, check it out.
So what did I do? I put handcuffs on my little monster by scheduling my quiet time. Every single day from 4 PM until 7 AM, my phone goes silent.
Within the Settings App, you can customize when and if your phone will ring. I set my restrictions so only phone calls from family or any person that tries twice within 3-minutes will get through(in case of emergencies).
- No notifications
- No text messages
- No emails
- No reminders
But not to worry, just like clockwork they’ll be there in the morning waiting for me, when I’m ready. Pick a window of time that works for you and try it out.
Other than music playing in the kitchen, the silence going on around the house is simply beautiful.
I’m choosing the uninterrupted life. Join me in taking back control from our little monsters.
This Week’s Podcast
This week’s podcast episode is from Zen Habits Favorites with Leo Babauta and Chris Calabro. There may be one are two areas within this 6-minute podcast that are a bit woo-woo for me, but overall I love the ideas and message. It’s definitely worth the short listen!
For more info on Zen Habits Favorites visit their iTunes page. Be sure to check out other episodes and subscribe to the Podcast if you connect with them. Also, make sure to leave a rating and a comment in iTunes, so Leo and Chris feel the love.