Back in November 2019, we launched our first “Drop the Phone” campaign. Now is the perfect time to try a 30 day challenge again! Want to join? Join the challenge and you’re entered to win an Adorn Your Table tablecloth!
A lot has changed since the first time we ran our first “Drop the Phone” campaign in November of 2019.
While, at the time, we recognized that 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. were the hours that made sense to us to “Drop the Phone,” as those were the times that our children needed our attention the most. We also recognized that if we’re all doing the same time slots together, then it’s easier for phones to stay quiet!
But as our children grew, we realized that the best times to disconnect changed.
For many, it’s still those first couple of hours after the kids come home.
In other homes, after homework and dinner time, kids might be busy with friends or other activities and maybe 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is no longer such an intense parenting time. It could be that the 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. are way more important times to eliminate all distractions. In homes with lots of teenagers, we realized that an important time slot to be phone-free might be post 9 p.m.
It wasn’t a one-time-slot-fits-all solution.
Another thing we’ve realized with time is choosing to be more focused and present doesn’t have to do with smartphones vs. flip phones or even phones vs. computers. That the things that distract us could mean something entirely different for each person. It could mean the time that you’re not going to spend schmoozing on the phone, unless it’s really quick or essential. Or, it could mean setting hours where the computer is closed and you’re completely disconnected from work tasks.
For every home, every schedule, and every change of life, our times to resolve to limit distractions changes. And, yes, while it’s ideal that our heads are always clear and calm and present, in our 30 Day Challenge, we commit to two hours, and the two hours are different for each of us.
Want to join us? If you want to try the challenge, simply enter your email below and you are entered to win an Adorn Your Table tablecloth (winner will pick)! We tried to think of what prize everyone would really love, and a new gorgeous tablecloth was the result of that brainstorm.
All you need to do is commit to 2 hours per day with limited phone use (these should be the hours that are most important for you to be ‘present’ for your family).