Running a website, it goes without saying that I’m on my phone a lot. But if ever there was a time to put down the phone and focus on the present, it’s during the holidays. And this year my amazing phone company TELUS challenged me and a few of my friends to put down our phones and enjoy catching up on life at a festive lunch as we entered “Holiday Mode.”
The mission was simple. All our phones went in the middle of the table and were off limits until the end of the meal. And as a reward for shutting off and catching up, TELUS footed the bill! I headed out with a few of the fellow mothers that I visit with at the boys’ activities and prepared for some tech-free quality time!
Now I have to admit that I didn’t expect to have any problem with the challenge. While I do use my phone often, I don’t have any qualms about leaving it at home when I leave the house, even if I’m out most of the day. As a result, I didn’t expect to mind leaving it in the middle of the table either. But I soon realized that when my phone is right in front of me, not grabbing it randomly is a lot harder!
I also realized that even though my friends and I have great conversations, we’ve gotten into the habit of grabbing our phones and flipping through notifications when the conversation lulls. Entering Holiday Mode meant that instead of filling occasional silence with phone checking, we had to focus on finding other topics to discuss. And as a result, we actually had a much more interesting conversation than usual!
With plenty of family visiting coming up shortly for me, I plan on entering Holiday Mode many more times throughout the Christmas season. I have to admit that I really like the freedom of not worrying about what’s happening online. That’s probably partly why I sometimes like leaving my phone at home but even when it’s in my pocket, leaving it alone while visiting is a great feeling!
Technology is such an important part of our lives and it’s certainly something that I love. My smartphone lets me stay connected with friends and family no matter where I am and is an essential tool for running my business as well. But remembering to set it aside and enjoy time with loved ones is just as important, and I’m so happy that TELUS helped remind my friends and me of that fact. Follow the #HolidayMode hashtag on Twitter to see how others are doing, then challenge yourself to enter Holiday Mode over Christmas and celebrate being with the people you care about!
69 thoughts on “Put the Phone Down and Enter #HolidayMode this Christmas with TELUS”
Phones are great but I see so many people cant even go out for a fun movie time with their kids without spending haft the movie texting…..
I think this is a great idea. I just may implement this at our special family dinners from now on.
This is a great idea! Ppl really do spend a awful lot of time on their phone.
My new years resolution has been to spend less time on my phone so this was a great read!
We collect phones, as soon as someone picks theirs up, with the exception of hubs who can get fired if he does not answer his phone :)
maybe next year
love it,I actually don`t own a cellphone,so it doesn`t make a difference to me,,but the computer on the hand,,well,,yeah,,I am addicted to that! ;P
I will be ready this Holiday season for the challenge.
Very cool challenge #HolidayMode by TELUS. How did we ever survive without our phones. I can’t even imagine how different life would have been if I had all these tools 25 years ago.
I like the idea of this challenge and thought it was great that a telco was initiating it.