If you’ve taken a flight anywhere, you’re probably familiar with a few of the what-to-do-in-case-of-emergency rules. Rule #1? If the oxygen mask falls down, you must apply yours first. Another rule that has popped up in recent years is turning off your cell phone during landing and takeoff. Maybe you don’t turn yours off but do what I do, which is switch into Airplane Mode.
Once I put my phone in Airplane Mode, that’s my cue to settle in for the flight and be in the moment. That means getting comfy and settling in with a book with absolutely no interruptions other than being asked if I’d like a beverage. GLORIOUS!
The act of traveling, actually getting to the destination, can be stressful and yet I have mostly positive associations with it. I’ve recently realized that positive feeling is due to Airplane Mode: No emails, no social media notifications, no texts; it’s simply being however I want to be. I can listen to music, meditate, gaze out the window, talk to my traveling companion or read one of the many books I’ve been meaning to carve out time for.
As an entrepreneur, I could not grow my businesses without technology and yet at times I’ve found myself resenting the very thing I’m so thankful for and have been able to build my community on. Technology (let’s be real: my phone) has slowly been seeping into areas it doesn’t belong: Date nights and every dinner party I’ve been invited to lately. Food is just so photographable!
I found that what I was craving and needing was more time in the metaphorical Airplane Mode. It’s calming and relaxing and a great way to prioritize self-care and time with others. Here’s how I do it in my daily life.
3 ways Use ‘Airplane Mode’ In Everyday Life
- Game-ify it: When out to dinner with friends, make putting phones away and in Airplane Mode a competition. Put all of your phones in one bag or the middle of the table and whoever breaks the rule covers the tab!
- Compartmentalize just a little: I’m a storyteller for my company Organic Bath Co., and a big part of that storytelling includes pictures. If I’m going somewhere especially picturesque or want to capture a moment, I remind myself it does not need to be uploaded immediately—then I save for later. This small compartmentalization allows me to be present in the moment but also support my business in the long run.
- Declare some of your time sacred: In today’s day and age of connectivity, is it feasible to spend the majority of the day in Airplane Mode? No. However, we all have rituals that hopefully bring us peace. Maybe that’s family dinner, walking the dog or gym time. Make that time your daily “sacred” Airplane Mode time… no emails, no social no anything.
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