In med school I was taught to recognise a diastolic murmur as "The Absence of Silence".
It's like that working in healthcare: absent silence. There are very little quiet moments. Unfortunately, this has left me with an aversion to a ringing phone.
Believe me. I am not the only one either.
As a doctor, you are called... a LOT.
All day. All night.
When you're asleep.
When you're having a pee.
In the shower.
Doing a rectal exam. (Why are these important?)
Although, you might want to miss that last call...
The result? An aversion to a ringing phone.
Now I have a separate phone for work, which has a lovely salsa tune that gives me palpitations when it rings.
Nothing gets you up like salsa and an arrhythmia.
My personal phone is almost always on silent.
No constant ringing that will make you hate your favourite song.
I love it. Its quiet. (Kinda like mail, which I also love).
I even hear phones in my sleep. One night I woke up from a deep sleep and answered my hand..
I was sitting there in the dark with my hand next to my head saying "Hello??" and kinda pissed that I wasn't getting a reply.
Weird but we've covered that already.
Consider leaving your phone (not your call phone if you are a doctor!) on silent for a day. Sure you might miss a call or two but there are settings on most smart phones that allow only urgent calls.
Bask in the quiet.
You won't regret it.
Disclaimer: If you are closing a multimillion-dollar deal or expecting a call from Rihanna or Morgan Freeman, I strongly suggest that you keep you phone ON, with the LOUDEST ring tone you can find. #justsayin.