Washington DC is the blackberry capital of the world. You can't walk down the street without running into (literally) someone typing furiously away onto their smartphone as they rush from point A to point B. I have been that person. And if you are honest, you probably have been too.
Technology has its place. Smartphones, tablets, and the like enable us to do far more in far less time from the comfort of our home, coffee shop, or car - creating invaluable efficiency and margin. But how many of us fill that margin with even more multitasking?
When I stumbled upon the "Hands Free Mama" blog for the first time, it brought tears to my eyes. I recognized myself all too clearly in Rachel Macy Stafford's description of someone stretched way too thin, one task away from losing control. I encourage anyone who finds themselves so buried under a mountain of to-dos that they can't remember for whom or what they took it all on to stop what you are doing and read an entry - or 10. The theme of putting down the phone to make room for what is important in life will resonate with parents, busy executives, young professionals, and students alike.
What could you see if you looked up from the screen more often? Can you take a step toward becoming hands-free?