I Put My Phone Down, Now What?

Hey, guys!
We all know it’s not a good idea to be on our phones (or tablets) all the time and we constantly hear “put the phone away” or “you’re spending wayyyyy too much time on your phone (/tablet)” but then when we actually put our phones down we go, now I’m bored and I’m hungry, so we end up eating and staring at nothing or people and it gets awkward, then our phone jingles or vibrates so we pick it up. In no time we’re back on it and it’s a fail everytime…
#thestruggleisreal and since I totally get you, I’m going to share a couple of things you can do with your time that involves no media!
First things first though, when you put your device down, put it on mute/silent that way when you get a notification it won’t jingle and you’ll be less likely to get back on it right away.

Family time

Every time you do “family time” you don’t have to have every single person present. Really you only need one family member and your undivided attention.
Find a brother or sister or two and see what kind of things you can get into do together. And if you don’t have siblings, we all know pets are family too so maybe spend a extra little time playing with your animal.

Art

Be creative. Paint, draw, color, uphoilster. DIY? See what you can make from your imagination and we’ll call it the “Pinterestless Challenge”!
I don’t know why, but I’m in love with putting water in a bottle and glitter then shaking it up… You should totally think of trying it some time, all you need is a clean water bottle, tap water and a little glitter! *heart eyes*

Exercise

While taking a break from your screen light you can use that time to tighten up on your physical health. Being inside all the time isn’t good for you either, so whether you decide to go for a jog, to the gym or just stroll, make sure you stay healthy (and take that water down while you’re at it!).

Hang out with friends

Every thing you do outside of being on your phone doesn’t have to be solo or DIY-ish, as long as you’re not on your phone you can do whatever (with in reason, right?). That being said, keep your friends some company (or vise versa)! They probably need to put a phone away too and you all can keep each other accountable.

Sleep

Bake

Put your inner chef to work and please your family’s tummies. 
To be honest, you totally don’t need Pinterest to make a beautiful, unusual desserts! Every cake box I know of has recipes on them. Just find the cake type you want (yellow, chocolate, Angel food, etc.) and check the side or back of the box for recipes. You can also find recipes on most cookie and marshmellow boxes/bags too!
If you’d prefer to make entrés then you can check the box or bag of noodles and such things, I’ve seen recipes on them too!

Write

If you’re in the mood to write, every so often you should exchange your laptop/phone/tablet for a pencil and some paper and if you’re feeling it, try writing outside (it’s so insiring all by itself *heart eyes*)

Journal

Along the same line as writing (okay, it’s basically the same but hear me out), take some time to catch your journal up on the latest events, or start one. Your future self (and maybe even your future kids and/or spouse) will appreciate it someday, I promise.

Chores

Wow your parents by being the very responsible human you are and doing your chores without being asked. 
If you have extra time to spare, be a good big sibling and help out a younger sibling with a chore. If you’re a younger sibling then just bug your older sibling(s) until they’re done. JUST KIDDING.
So there you have 8 ways to keep your phone down once you put it down, and if you do all of these in the same day you will have not been on your phone for hours before you realized it!

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  1. Ooh, phonaholics BUG ME SO BADLY. There was a time where I was at a “friend’s” house that I hadn’t seen for a very long time and the entire time she was on her phone! It drove me insane. I asked her whether or not we were going to do something and she said this: “I am doing something. I’m texting.” That doesn’t count.
    Anyways, I don’t have a phone but I do have a laptop which I probably spend a little too much time on…hehe.

  2. These are great ideas, Buttercup! I do all of these – some more and some less – when I’m not on a screen, I think. 🙂 And of course I read. Also another fun thing to do in the “Baking” section is to pull out a cookbook, open it to a random recipe and make it. You might find a new favorite!

  3. Thanks for the tips! 😊 I personally am not allowed a phone till I can pay the bills for one, but I have this laptop, and probably should put these to practice. 😛

  4. I LOVED this post, Buttercup! A couple days ago I deleted Instagram off my phone and literally didn’t know what to do with myself. I re-downloaded it yesterday, but I was already being sucked back in, so I deleted it again. I’ve been so much happier and far more active than when I have the constant distraction of social media right there.
    ~ Ella Marie

    1. Thank you!! Girl, I totally feel you! I deleted my Insta off my phone about two days ago and honestly I did it so I wouldn’t be tempted to check my notifications late at night. I re-downloaded it yesterday *oops*, but yeah, I get you!!

  5. I definitely do these tips. I do a lot of sports but even a walk everyday could improve my fitness even more than normal. I really want to get into baking as well. Thanks again for the tips❤️ Bambino Bloggerxx

  6. Why did you strike out sleep?! 😦 Haha, even though I don’t have phone yet, I feel I’m spending too much time on the pc and on my mum’s phone sometimes…

    1. Girl it was tempting but I figured I should stick with productive activities… 😏 Same, even though I have a phone my mom’s camera is better so I spend a great deal of time on her phone too 😂😂 Thank you so much for having a read!!

  7. Great suggestions! My phone the end of last year started freezing when I used the internet so that kicked my habit quick. But I definitely still am on my laptop a little too much or use other forms of entertainment that keep me settled on the couch. I love writing outside! When I blog or work on my book, I try to write outside now since it is finally nicer.

      1. 🙂 outside is amazing.
        It isn’t slow internet. My smart phone is six years old and last year it just would freeze and stop working when I tried to load a webpage. So I can’t use the internet at all unless I want my phone to freeze. I can use twitter…for some reason, and upload pics to FB that’s it. Otherwise it will freeze. But that’s okay with me now.

  8. These are lovely ideas. I just started creating an art journal and it’s been keeping me busy and away from social media. Thanks for this post 💕

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