Turn Off the Phone or Leave it at Home

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Turn off your phone or leave it home and be more in the moment than you would be otherwise.

No doubt you’ve read more than a few articles or blog posts about how folks misuse their phones to the detriment of their relationships. It’s a hard line to determine between when a phone is a help and when it’s a nuisance.

I answer emails in little snippets of time that I might have during the day. I check the traffic if we need to go somewhere. I text my husband so I don’t interrupt him at work.

But, we all know that there are times when we really don’t need our phones.

Taking the kids to the neighborhood park for a half hour or spending an hour at my son’s hockey game do not require that I be “connected” unless that means connected to the people I’m with. I’ve started leaving my phone at home. I worry about car trouble or an emergency. But, I figure I can walk, right?

It seems silly that this should be hard, but sometimes it is, especially when I have a long to do list and not enough time to do it all. But, it’s worth it to unplug, to step back, to make sure I’m engaged in the real world.

Turning off my phone is a great way to stop and smell the roses.

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  1. I agree with leaving the phone behind when you are at the park, at the games, etc…. but have you considered just locking it in the glove compartment when you reach your destination. I know when the Princess was playing varsity basketball, some of those games took us into rougher areas of the city — places I would NOT have wanted to walk around in after dark. Just a thought.

    • Jessica Fisher says

      Oh, I agree! The places I’m talking about are really close to home, or my husband is following me in another car. But, yes, if it’s not safe, keeping a phone with is important!

  2. I love this! Such good inspiration for what I have been thinking about lately. I’m just going to turn that dang iPhone off! Sharing on my Facebook page…. thanks again!

  3. What I find really irritating are people that talk really loud on their cell phones in the Doctor’s office , or even the supermarket, or people who use their cell phones during dinner. Very disresptectul.

  4. The iPhone has a do not disturb feature. You only get messages from the numbers in your favorites or someone who is repeatedly calling. That way you can still get emergency calls. A great idea if you can leave your phone in your purse. 🙂

  5. I love this post. I was guilty of constantly checking my phone at the park, outings, etc, so I decided to ditch the smartphone a couple years ago and I haven’t looked back.

  6. Strangely, since I’ve had a baby, I’ve stopped bringing my phone with me when I go out.

    Oh, if we’re driving a long distance I’ll bring it with me, but out running errands or visiting friends and family, I don’t even think about it. I think this happened because I haven’t figured out how to juggle a phone and a five-month-old yet. 🙂

  7. Hoosiermama says

    I love this. I found myself the past few months feeling constantly plugged in. I wasn’t sleeping as well and I noticed the days were passing and I wasn’t really spending quality time with my kids. Checking facebook, constant emails and texts, it was so much. Now I leave my phone locked in the glove box when we are out and at home if all four of us are home at night I turn it off (I have a home phone and have let our closest family know that number is best for emergencies – otherwise it’s only telemarketers whom we ignore).

    I don’t want my kid’s memories of me to be “that lady who always had the phone in her hand” (and I was getting BAD – even bringing it in when I was tucking them into bed…gasp!).

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