1. Reading a book.
Personally, I think one of the best things in the world is getting completely immersed in a good book. I am not ashamed to admit I’ve spent many nights (even occasional weekend nights) at the nearest bookstore with a hot cup of coffee and a good book. Yes, this is partially because I’m cheap and didn’t want to buy the book. But the point is escaping into another world via literature is awesome. Why in the heck would you want to interrupt that with the constant buzzing of your iPhone?!
Yes, this sounds ridiculous. Obviously your sleep is going to be enhanced by turning off your phone. But haven’t you ever taken a nap and been abruptly awakened by your phone ringing? I know it’s hard for me to shut off my phone when I take an afternoon power nap, but it’s even worse when you’re suddenly jolted awake by a phone call or text message. It’s highly unlikely that an emergency will occur during your 20-minute nap, so you’re better off shutting off your phone and falling into an interrupted, blissful slumber.
3. Hanging out with friends.
This entire bullet point should be in capital letters. IT IS SO IMPORTANT. No one (and I mean NO ONE) wants to be hanging out with someone who constantly checks their phone, is incessantly texting, or is even sneaking peeks at their screen. It makes you feel like your company is unappreciated or unimportant. I mean seriously, is your glowing iPhone more stimulating than our real life conversation? And if so, then I think it’s time we both found some new friends.
4. Working out.
The purpose of a work out is not to stop constantly and check your messages. It is certainly not to take a selfie that shows off your abs or biceps. It’s to enhance your health and well-being. In the hour or so you spend at the gym, shut your phone off and focus on giving your work out your all. Your body and mind will thank you (after all, who doesn’t LOVE an endorphin high)!
Okay, I get it. Work days are long and often monotonous. For many, those eight hours seem to drag on and on. Your phone can be a welcome distraction from the tedious tasks at hand. But think how much more productive you would be if you didn’t check your phone every 30 seconds. Even if you just put your phone in a drawer for an hour, I guarantee you will get more done that day. This is ESPECIALLY true if you also refrain from checking Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform.