These days it seems like we cannot get off our phones. We spend more time looking at the screen in our hands rather than the faces in front of us. Jacqueline Whitmore at Business Insider has given us some tips on how to get back in touch with humanity.
1. Be in the now: When you are with others at an important meeting, eating a meal or just in conversation, make an effort to stay off your phone. Giving someone your undivided attention goes a long way.
2. Keep confidential information private: Know when it is an appropriate time to have a conversation in public. Unless you want everyone around you to know your business take the call somewhere else.
3. Stay Calm: When you have to deal with a situation that will make you emotional or uncomfortable over the phone avoid doing it in public. Take that time to gather your thoughts and clear your head and tackle your problems when you’re alone and ready.
4. Set your phone to vibrate: You never want to be that person who is embarrassed because your phone went off at the wrong place at the wrong time. Remember to put your phone on silent or vibrate whenever you can. It will not only benefit you but everyone around you.
5. Avoid “cell yell”: When talking on your cell phone a lot of people forget to use their “indoor” voices. Keeping a regular sound level will also help protect you from all of those eavesdroppers lurking around every corner.
6. Step away to take a call: If you are expecting a call that you need to take make sure that the people you are with are aware. Always excuse your self when taking a phone call. You want to be engaged with the people you are actually with.
7. Be a responsible driver: Texting and driving has been proven to be more dangerous than drinking and driving. If you need to use your phone while driving wait for a red light, pull over, or utilize the Bluetooth hands-free mode if your car has it.
8. Get unplugged occasionally: If you ever feel like just getting off the grid for a little bit after a crazy week try leaving your phone in a different room or powering it off for the night. Sometimes that’s just what you need to get away.
Just like Jacqueline Whitmore said, “Ultimately, you want to be in control of your phone, not the other way around.”