On Christmas Eve I updated my phone; it hasn’t worked properly since. The manufacturer sent it back to me because the screen is cracked and they can’t fix their botched update until I get the screen replaced. The screen isn’t causing the problem; the update is. Still, it’s cheaper to send the phone out and pay for the repair that will put the phone back under warranty so I can resend the phone to the manufacturer to get it fixed.
While I’m out of a phone for a few weeks, I’m readjusting my life and reprioritizing a few things: I no longer wake up and go to bed to the ping of incoming emails; I’m no longer in the constant know due to status updates; and I no longer fill moments of down-time with moments of Word With Friends.
My initial reaction to all of this was despair. But really, though being without a phone is inconvenient, it’s not disastrous.
I’m having some technological difficulties but my human relationships are just fine. This break really helped put some things into perspective.
Here are a few things I’ve learned without my cell phone:
1. A phone is not an alarm clock, calculator or camera.
2. Apps cannot replace friends.
3. I am very fortunate to have a strong network of friends and family.
I’ve decided that my phone will be my backup, a convenient device with multiple functions, but will not be the center of my life.
With all of the advancement in technology, it’s hard not to get caught up in the newest gadget or application. While it’s important to stay ahead of the technology curve in business, nothing can replace a personal connection between two people.
At BusinesSuites, we’re proud to say that we maintain the most up-to-date technology, but at the same time we know how important relationships are. Though we like to stay connected through technology (check our our social media pages!), even a shout-out on twitter can’t replace a hand written thank you card for a year of business.