What Would We Do Without Cell Phones, Texting, Etc… ?
by Joseph Ratliff
How many interruptions do we need in our lives? Does talking on a cell phone in the middle of the grocery store give us some feeling of “busy-ness” that we long for?
And don’t get me started on texting…or emails. From a business standpoint, I’ve coached many business owners to STOP using these forms of communication while running their businesses…almost altogether.
Do they tell me to “get bent?”
Nope. Quite the contrary, they tell me a BIG thank you once they convert the saved time unnecessarily spent into fresh dollars for their business.
So how does this apply to “real life”? (as in, not to a business, but to a family)
Well, I’m here to challenge you a little today.
Let’s start with the biggest waste of time in the history of mankind, text messaging.
I’ve never texted, and go figure, my life is just the same (very successful, free time, enjoy life and money etc…). Oops, correct that, I have actually sent a picture once or twice a YEAR since text messaging has been available.
I challenge you (no matter how important you think texting is) to turn that off for 48 hours in a row. Then, really analyze your situation…did you really need to send that text message while driving? At a dinner party? Did that text conversation go really any faster than blocking out a bit of time to have an actual conversation later (on a real telephone, remember those?)?
Why do we need to talk about anything “in real time”?
This applies to cell phone usage too…almost in the same way…with one notable exception…emergency situations (real ones, not “can you grab an extra gallon of milk while you’re there?).
For emergency situations…the cell phone is probably the best invention ever.
Ok, I could spend hours writing about this topic…because it’s really one of those topics that makes me think. But I will leave you with a parting thought…
Whenever you use a cell phone, or text someone, sometimes even email falls into this category…did the extra “speed” in your life really make that much of a difference? (most of the time, if you’re really looking honestly, it doesn’t)
Then, when all of this extra “speed” from technology builds up and eventually overwhelms your life (in some cases, like texting while driving, harming others)…is all that “speed” helping you, or hurting you?
Think deeply about that today.