I finally had to admit that I’m not smart enough to have a smart
phone any longer. I’ve had a Blackberry since the early days and was proud to be
addicted to such a fine device.
Alas, times are changing and I wasn’t keeping up. Sure, I replied
lightning quick when you sent me an email. And I was practically tied to that wonderful
That was the problem. Well, two problems. One, being tied to
a device… I mean it isn’t like an oxygen tank when you have a major or lung heart
problem, but I checked it frequently. I didn’t need to go to the gym anymore because
I got a workout just flexing around all the time to see what was on my phone this second.
Second problem is the bigger one – I answered fast, but found
I wasn’t answering thoughtfully. It isn’t that my responses were unkind or foolish
or not courteous, but not brimming with insight or revelations or, well, much more
than a quick response to let you know that I read your email, in record time, and
here is my pithy reply.
No one complained. Clients didn’t care if I was fast. They wanted
answers that helped them move the sales needle. If the answer came fast, or took
me three days to formulate, it didn’t matter as long as the answer produced a result.
But I felt my results and responses were increasingly less effective.
Terminated the account and now I have post-traumatic crackberry
syndrome. I look at my dumb phone now far less often because people don’t call me
that much. When it does ring, I’m not as sure what to do with it anyway – phones
are for email and web surfing, not voice. For voice calls, don’t you use your PC
and Skype?? Dumb phone is a technical term,
by the way. I’m not being mean to my new phone – I want it to keep working as long
as my old smart phone did.
I have more time for writing out thoughtful, deep emails and
blog posts now. Now that I don’t feel a constant
urgency to look at my voice device. What’s that thing called again? Anyway, feel
free to email me and I’ll reply sometime when I’m in front of a full-sized keyboard.
Give yourself your life back and go get a