Can you believe it’s February 22nd already? I know that February is slightly longer this year because it’s a leap year, but that still means the month is almost over. It went by so quickly!
To be honest, though, I’ve spent the past week wishing my February challenge was over. Although I’m happy that I’ve stopped using my phone while I’m driving, it’s been frustrating not being able to talk to people while I’m on the road. Sure, I can avoid my phone and just assume that plans won’t change at the last minute… but that tends to hurt me more than anyone else, since I then end up at the wrong destination or too early or whatever. In today’s world, no matter how much I want plans to be locked down, they change. And that reality of ever-changing plans means that paying attention to my cell phone is essential.
This is not to say that I’m giving up on my February challenge just yet. I’m proud that I’m no longer looking at emails or texts while I’m driving, and I want that rule to stay in place long after February is over. The Drivemode app that I talked about last week is great for allowing me to auto-decline calls; it also allows me to access my music apps without having to look down at my phone. I’m happy that this month I found that app and got accustomed to using it; in March, I’m looking forward to easing up my restrictions so that I’m making hands-free calls as well, and it seems like Drivemode will make that easier, too.
This month I realized that one of the reasons this challenge has been so tough is because the car is great for phone time when you’re making calls hands-free. It can be really hard to fit catch-up calls into my schedule (which is admittedly my own problem with prioritization and trying to pack too much into a day), and I’m really looking forward to using my driving time to call various people and reconnect once March hits.
But it’s not March yet, and I have one more week to go… so I’m going to try to mitigate my annoyance at not having time to talk on the phone in another way. My March challenge is going to be about increasing my number of FitBit steps per day, and I’m itching to start it early. So this week, I’m going to commit to walking and talking on the phone for 20 minutes a day. It will be a great way to reconnect with all the people that I’ve mostly ignored all month with my car/phone ban, and also a nice way to test out my March challenge idea and make sure I’m really ready to commit.
I didn’t commit to running a marathon until I had run a mile. (Actually, I didn’t even commit to running a marathon until I had run twenty miles!) Before I commit to my March goal of a certain number of steps per day, I want to see what’s reasonable. What do different step counts in a day feel like? How hard is it to achieve that many steps? You can’t know everything before starting progress on a goal, but it’s always good to explore before you dive in.