I'm addicted to my iPhone. It's sad. What's worse is my justification for it. It's not like I spend all my time on it just perusing facebook, instagram and whatnot, although that is a big part of it, things with my Beachbody coaching biz are booming and I'm answering e-mails, checking in with clients, posting to facebook groups etc. I love being a Beachbody coach, I'm hoping there comes a time when I can do it full time, but now is not that time, so I'm left juggling a full time job, 2 kids, a husband, and a household and all I can do is get sucked into my phone.
It makes me feel pretty shitty. Because, you see, deep in my heart I know I need to put the damn phone down and have a face-to-face conversation with my husband. I need to leave the phone upstairs so I can play a game of Candy Land undistracted. I need to splash with Arya in the bath instead of playing Candy Crush.
It makes me feel like a terrible mother. I don't want to be the iPhone mommy. I want to be engaged and present and aware, but it's like a demon that sucks me in. I give it to much power and fall into my excuses and reasons and justifications. I know it's bad. I know it's a problem and I know I'm going to stop it because everyone in this family deserves a full time mommy.
I also know that saying something without a plan is bullshit so here is my plan on how to limit use of the iPhone while still working a business that I love:
- Take 5 minutes before I come into the house after work to get to any pressing matters that I couldn't get to while working/commuting.
- Put the phone in another room from the time I get home to the time the kids are in bed.
- Take 30 minutes after bedtime to write/post/respond to challengers then put the phone in another room
- Right before bed take 5 minutes to answer any other e-mails or check in to accountability groups
- On the weekends check my phone (for business or pleasure) only while drinking my coffee and the kids are playing.