Airplane Mode

You know the announcement.

“The cabin door has been closed. At this time please power down or switch your handheld devices into airplane mode for the duration of the flight.”

Everyone tries to sneak in that last text, video, facebook post, etc. before the flight attendant catches them.

But I don’t want to talk about to flights today. I want to talk about using Airplane Mode in my everyday life.

I, just like 99% of smartphone owners, have become addicted to my device. The dopamine hit you get from the buzz or ding of a text, email or social media message has become part of our daily lives.

Smartphones have become so onmipresent in our lives that we have to make announcements and signs to tell people to put them away during the most important times in our lives – weddings, funerals, holidays, etc, etc, etc.

These devices trick us into thinking we’re being productive and efficient because we use them all day. In reality, they are a major distraction from some of the most important things that we do – administrative work, creative work, and true, personal communication.

Luckily, these addiction machines have a great feature that allow us to eliminate the noise. We can put them in airplane mode. No contact with the outside cell world. No texts, calls, emails, tweets, snapchats, etc. Just focus.

Starting today, I am going to spend at least 90 minutes every day in airplane mode. I’ll use it to create copy, watch video, design practices/drills, read, write, have lunch with a colleague or mentor, who knows? What I do know, is that for 90 minutes every day I’ll be able to turn off the world and focus on the present.