On checking your phone… Again (for no reason)

Photo by Pavan Trikutam on Unsplash

How hard does this Tweet hit home?

Do you ever just check your phone for no reason? But like, all day?
 — Sarah Cooper (
@sarahcpr)

When I read that Tweet, I was doing just as she was pointing out. She totally caught me in the act. I thought back and realized that I’d been doing this all day.

And then it dawned on me…

I’ve been doing this for almost a decade!

Here I was, hanging out with my 4-year-old daughter, who will never be at this precious stage of life again, checking email. And the weather. And Instagram. And email again. And Medium. And Twitter.

I felt. Insane. (I’m convinced, our cell phone usage today will go down in history as the new smoking.)

I don’t know about you, but a lot of us creative professionals feel really proud for stepping out of the 9 to 5. But we have to ask ourselves…

Have we traded the 9–5 for the 6am-midnight?

Always checking. Always planning. Always stressing.

Because this just isn’t right. And it’s not necessary.

It’s not what the human soul was designed for.

This phone in our pockets is a great servant but an awful master. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Two things…

1. Stress is a killer. 
2. A worthwhile life requires your presence.

Maybe it’s time to draw some firm boundaries to get out of your phone and back into your life.

I know it is for me.

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