31 Days of Quality Time :: Day 14, Habit No. 3

Sunday, October 14, 2012

{This post is part of a series. To read from the beginning, click here.}

Smart phones connect us, and they separate us. I hate it when I'm with someone and she checks her phone 800 times. Too often, I am that person. It's awful. My smart phone is my coolest resource and my greatest distraction. I've got to rein it in - because constantly interrupted and distracted time is not quality time.

The most dangerous place for this distraction is the car. I am guilty of talking while driving and texting while driving. I bet you are too. Even worse, I've done it with my kids in the car. Not only is it dangerous, but I am teaching them bad habits. So, when I say "be phone-free with others," I am going to work on keeping the phone out of my hands when I am in the car with my kids. You may want to work on putting it away when you get home from work, or keeping it in your purse when you are out to lunch with a friend. Maybe you should put it away when the kids get home from school. I'm sure you can think of a time when you've got it out, but it really isn't necessary.

When do you need to be phone-free?

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  1. This is a good practice and one I have implanted in my life. My family's phone calls are answered, but I shop, drive, write and eat hands free. I've found many times people can leave a message and the calls don't need to be returned--saving both of us time. Lest that sound pious, I'm not a phone person. It's much easier when you hate to talk on a phone!