The apps on my iPhone that I use constantly are: hootsuite, twitter, wordpress, facebook, email, texting, and calendar. The other apps that I use regularly are: camera, iTunes, dropbox, evernote, kindle, maps, and notes.
After one year, I have never been more happy with a phone! Seriously. It’s amazing! It has exceeded my expectations in every way. Yet I have never been more distracted by a phone. My iPhone has taken more and more of my attention. That has bothered me for awhile.
This week I had to have a difficult conversation. I’ll tell you more about that but first the problem:
My iPhone constantly invites itself to family functions and interrupts me and us. My iPhone often comes to dinner and rudely interrupts our family meals. My iPhone jumps up between me and my wife during some of our conversations. When my kids are trying to get my attention my iPhone refuses to let me go. At coffees and lunches with friends, my iPhone continues to seduce my attention. My iPhone is needy. My iPhone is insecure and refuses to give me any space. Stinkin’ iPhone!
Andy Stanley wrote a great book entitled “Choosing to Cheat”. The premise is that we all face the dilemma of finding balance between our work life and our family life. At times we will have to cheat one or the other. The wisdom is to cheat the right thing.
So I’m choosing to cheat time on my iPhone. As much as I love it, people win.
So I’ve already sat my iPhone down and had the tough conversation. This included telling my iPhone that I am reducing it’s voice in my life by leaving my phone on mute almost exclusively. I’ve also informed my iPhone that after work it will go on the charger and I will check it once before bed and that’s it. It is also no longer invited to dinner. It will be placed upside down during meetings. I even went so far as to inform my iPhone that it will be nothing but a clock to me during those meetings. It was a hard conversation.
I know my iPhone’s tendencies will be to try and seduce me but I choose others. If you’re a person, I choose you. Will you choose me?