How My Phone Dying On The Train Increased My Productivity
I'm inside the subway car on my way home listening to music and possibly scrolling down Twitter reading the latest news. Suddenly, the blood drains from my veins, my entire body goes cold and I wonder how much more time I have underground and subsequently walking home because one of the scariest moments of my life just made me cry on the inside (and almost on the outside, too!).
No, there wasn’t someone playing a guitar in the car or someone stealing my purse. While those cosmic events happening is always in the back of my mind - my phone died. Yeah, I know... this is a #FirstWorldProblem at its finest. Sure, I still had between 10- and 20-percent left, enough to get me home, yet for some reason my iPhone saw an opportunity at that moment.
I had at least 20 more minutes left on the subway, so what’s a girl to do? Well, I opened my purse, and some bright, shiny articles were waiting to be edited. Well, I did have 20 minutes to kill… so I broke out my red (or pink! Or purple!) pen and began editing one of these blog posts.
One of the many reasons I don’t like editing on the subway is I’m toughest on myself, so my pen looks like a New York Times editor’s suggestions on a 16-year-old’s first draft of an article that displays President Trump in a favorable light. Additionally, I tend to write like I speak, so from point A to publish is a very long road, which is at least half a dozen drafts long.
The amount of work I accomplished in those 20 minutes was actually astounding. I wanted to ride the rail longer (almost)! I think I actually want the subway to be my new office. Okay, perhaps I went a bit too far there (pun intended).
If we put our phones away and stop surfing social media while riding in the subway car, on the bus or in an actual car, then perhaps we can all be more productive? Will I put my phone away EVERY day on the subway when it's still alive? Absolutely not.
My phone dying really did teach me how to be more productive. Maybe I’ll use a couple days per week to read a real book or edit blog posts on the ride home? Now, that would be time spent more efficiently!
Love ya. Mean it. Au re.
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