Once, in college, I was given a tiara. I was given the title “Queen of Multitasking.” It was a very small ceremony and the tiara was made of carbon atoms from my Organic Chem molecule building kit. So, know before you read the rest of this that I have been known to multitask. Often. I once gave a full AP Computer Science tutorial while working out at the school gym on an elliptical machine. I kid you not.
That said, I really want people to hang up. You do not need to be using a cell phone at all times.
I saw a guy biking down a fairly busy street the other day. He was texting. With both hands. He clearly has better balance than I do, but this just seems unwise.
A few weeks ago, I waited several minutes to get cheddar slices at Target. Why? Because the woman standing in front of the cheese was on the phone oblivious to the polite attempts of others to reach the cheese. This trend continued in the cleaning products and in produce. If you want to shop with a friend, bring her with you. Or better yet, go have coffee and leave the grocery store to those of us who can fill our carts and be out in less than 20 minutes.
Other places that your shouldn’t be on the phone:
Fitting Rooms: Being trapped in a cubicle with fluorescent lighting and then having to listen to you talk about your hernia is adding insult to injury.
The bathroom: Seriously. No one wants to talk to you while you do your business. No one.
In Line: Any line at all. I do not want to listen to the details of your argument with your friend, husband, wife, neighbor, co-worker, boss, cat, dog or potted plant.
Stores: While shopping, phone calls should be limited to one of the three following calls:
- “Honey, was I supposed to get apple juice and oranges or orange juice and apples?” “Okay. Thanks. Bye”
- “Can I call you back in 15 minutes?” “Okay. Thanks. Bye.”
- “You have a wrong number.” “Okay. Thanks. Bye.”
Restaurants: Just eat. You talk with your mouth full when you’re on the phone. You think you don’t, but you do.
Bonus rudeness points to anyone talking on a speaker phone in public.
And to quote my husband, “If I have to think, ‘hang up and walk,’ you’re doing something wrong.”
So, what does my rant have to do with tech/life balance? Tech isn’t life. Needing to be connected all the time isn’t balance. Simple daily tasks can just happen. Save your multitasking for when you’re not disturbing others.
Hang up and…
Note: This post was originally part of my previous blog entitle “Tech Life Balance.”