Reading the title of this post you might think that you’re about to read about time travel, well maybe you’re right. Let me explain..
I own a mobile phone. I haven’t always owned one. There was a time when I had to walk to a phone box to make a call and go to the library to find the answer to a question. Now I have the world at my finger tips and I am addicted!
Any question, ANY QUESTION, I want answered, can be answered IMMEDIATELY. I just pick up my phone, open Safari, type in the question and as if by magic, hundreds of responses appear.
This action has saved many a difficult situation:
- There was the time, in the middle of Winter, when the boiler stopped working. A very helpful man in the USA had posted a step by step video on YouTube on how to fix the problem. Who knew I could be a boiler “expert”? Well ok, not an expert but I watched the video, followed the steps and fixed the boiler!
- There was another time when I was on my way to a meeting and got stuck in a traffic jam. Google maps to the rescue! The well spoken female voice on the GPS directed me on a divert to avoid the traffic and I arrived at the meeting on time.
- Do you need a last minute birthday present? A few clicks on my mobile and not only have you bought the gift, but it is being posted directly to the recipient, without anyone having to leave the house!
- Want to know what the weather is going to be like at the weekend? No problem! I can tell you the answer.
- How about a meal at the new Italian on Saturday night? Give me a minute and I’ll have a table booked.
So you’re reading this and thinking; I know all this already! What’s this got to do with time travel?
Well, there’s something that I haven’t told you. My mobile is amazing in another way. It has the power to make time disappear!!!! I’m not joking. It’s true!
I pick up my mobile, look at the screen, and the next time l look up, hours have passed! HOURS! See, I told you! Time travel!
It doesn’t matter what my intentions are either. The same thing always happens:
I’ll pick up my mobile to send one text. Just one! Yet, as soon as I’m taping away on the screen, it draws me in and before I know it I’m checking my emails, my social media accounts (all of them), my bid on ebay, the 20% shoe sale… it goes on. The next time I look away from the screen, time has moved on. A lot. My mobile has fast forwarded me through time and I’ve lost at least an hour, if not more.
But that’s not the end of its magical powers. My mobile can not only move me forward in time, it also takes my time, chews it up and swallows it!
Just the other day I decided to clear out a cupboard. I’d been putting it off for awhile, but on that particular day I was just in the mood to get it done. Or so I thought…
I thought it would be nice if I listened to some music while I was de-cluttering, so I picked up my mobile to select the music app, but instead I ended up checking my social media, my emails, my ebay bid… I lost 2 hours that time and ended up with very little time to actually do the job that I’d set out to do. I’d like to tell you that this is the first time that this has happened, but it isn’t. My mobile doesn’t care what my intentions are. It has one purpose and that is to completely side track me and waste my time.
So the ‘time’ has come to take back control of my time and wean myself away from its grip on my life. I know this isn’t going to be easy, but here is the plan..
- No more “just checking” any of the apps. I’m going to allot a specific time slot to do this eg; 3 times a day only.
- I’m also going to give myself a set amount of time for this task. So if I’m “just checking” my apps, I’m going to set the timer for 30 minutes. Anything more than that is just surfing and serves no purpose.
- If I’m going to perform a specific task, I’m going to leave my mobile out of it. In fact, its going to be out of the room completely. It’s too much of a distraction and I need to not be able to see it or hear it.
My mobile is amazing and I’d hate to be without it, but I need to be in control of my own time.