Why I Leave My Phone on Silent

Silence. It's amazing. And it's just one of the reasons I keep my phone on silent.

Do you spend all day on your smartphone? Do you constantly check email? At dinner? On vacation? On the weekend? Whenever it may be, our phones are practically attached at our hip.

Myself included.

I check my phone all. the. time. Maybe there's an email that needs attention. Maybe I got a text message from one of my friends. Or maybe, there's a voice mail from my sister looking to catch up.

I don't know when I decided to keep my phone on silent, but it's allowed me to do three simple things:

1. Get more work done

If the phone rings every five minutes,  I'll never going to get anything done.  Now, I don't have to tend to every buzz of my phone when an email comes in (which most of the time is just a daily deal or LinkedIn group update).

2. Get back to people when I have time

When someone calls when I'm at work, I'm not going to be able to call them back until I'm out of work. And then I've got meetings, appointments, gym time, etc. Having my phone on silent allows me to get back to people when I have time for a longer phone call. Or, I can respond to a text message (and not get in a car accident).

3. Focus on where I am and who I'm talking to

When I'm in a business meeting or even on a date (which hasn't happened lately), I like to pay attention. To be present in the conversation. I don't even leave my phone on the table. Nothing can be that urgent, right?

Now, I understand there may be situations where having your phone on is super important (like your wife going into labor), but on the whole, having my phone on silent has made me get a lot more work done and not be so dependent on technology.

A little step in the direction of enjoying my life more.

Do you keep your phone on silent?