Being without a cell phone may be a real estate agent’s worst nightmare. Sound a little dramatic? Maybe. Accurate? Definitely. However, this weekend, I chose to go without it, and did so purposely. And while it initially caused some anxiety, my soul and body felt more recharged than they have in a long time.
In an industry focused on customer service, especially one centered on helping others with potentially their largest asset, agents feel the need to be available 24/7. The majority of the time, I am happy to answer questions and be of service to my clients whenever necessary. Yet, business is only a portion of what we use our electronic devices for. Social media, reading, email, and games all factor in to the amount of time we spend “plugged in” on a daily basis. Although I may feel like I’m spending time with my family because we are all in the same room, I often catch myself on the phone or laptop while my son and husband watch TV and I realize something: that probably doesn’t really constitute quality time.
So this weekend, I made a conscious decision to “unplug” while we were at the lake. Conveniently, no cell service or internet was available at the cabin which made my decision that much easier. So Friday evening, I turned my phone completely off. And guess what? The world kept turning. Everyone was fine, including me. In fact, I was better than fine. I was relaxed. I was focused on my family. It was great.
As the weekend came to a close, I watched my three year old son kneeboard by himself for the first time. And, I thought about the cliché of how quickly time flies and your children grow up. It made me realize that I want to make “unplugging” a habit. So to tweak a line from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look up from your screen once in a while, you could miss it.” And, that’s exactly what I intend to do.