I’m bad at my phone.
Not at using it. In fact, I’m quite good at using it. I am bad at getting off it. Terrible. Awful. Embarrassingly so.
My data usage is off the charts, my monthly phone bill never good news and sometimes, I do that bad, very bad thing of looking at Facebook on my computer and my phone at exactly the same time. (Spoiler: the newsfeeds look the same no matter the screen it sits on. Desktop, phone, there is no benefit to looking at both at once. None. Nada. Nothing. You heard it here first.)
For context, no amount of me walking into people on my morning commute will stop me reading articles from my phone as I walk to work. I’m annoying, and it annoys me that I am so annoying.
And so, last week when my phone spontaneously self-combusted and my boyfriend’s sister kindly loaned me hers, I accidentally stumbled onto a way to get off it.
I wasn’t trying to be clever, it wasn’t an active decision, and it wasn’t me being self-aware enough to know I need to start looking up, not down.
It happened because, well, I’m stupid.
It all started when I went to re-download my apps onto the phone and remembered – haha! go me – that I have a different password for every app I use for work. Oh and that also? I can’t remember one of them.
This, it seemed, was the first good decision I made, because it meant none of my emails are on my phone. Not my personal, not my work. I can’t do work on my days off, nor can I ‘quickly’ check in on what’s going on. I have to find a computer and make a conscious decision to chase up work.