Our phones are amazing things that can do so much in such a compact form factor. They can also distract us and take an inordinate amount of our time. As we head to the year-end break (be it short or long) here are 23 things to do without your phone.
Go for a walk or a run
Have a coffee with a friend
Write your journal
Try a float tank experience
Take a mode of transport you usually eschew
Watch the clouds go by
Ride a bike
Go to a museum or art gallery (when you get your ticket - ask the ticket seller what their favorite exhibit is)
Listen to the wind in the trees
Go to a toy shop and look at the toys for toddlers
Go to your local library and read a book (bonus - try randomly selecting a book of poetry and reading a few pages)
Sit by a fountain and feel the water in the air
Talk to strangers
Get a manicure and / or pedicure
Draw a picture
Hug someone you love for a minimum of 30 seconds. Feel it work.
Go to a movie
Eat a meal (if you are with friends, stack your phones face down atop one another, whoever picks their phone up before the meal ends buys the meal!)
Does your city / town have a botanic garden or hot house / cold house? Visit it
Get a massage
Play with Lego. What can you build with just 24 pieces?
How many of the above have you done today? This week? This month? Our phones are great tools but can prevent us from doing so many other things. When you diversify your inputs you increase the creativity of your outputs.
What could you add to this list? What will you choose to do?