46 things to do instead of looking at your phone

Here's a list of things straight out of 1990 that you can do instead of mindlessly scrolling.

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  • Whether you're out and about or lounging in your bed, the temptation is there: pick up your phone.

  • Most likely the instinct to key in your password isn't because you have something productive to get done, but rather an impulse that is only going to lead to mindless scrolling through your Facebook feed or sending pointless snapchats to fill a few minutes.

  • It wasn't too long ago that we didn't have this option. If you were waiting for your friend at a restaurant you couldn't use it as an opportunity to cultivate your perfect life on Pinterest; and when you were bored at home you couldn't fill your time with a Netflix session.

  • So here's a list of all those things you feel like you don't have time for that you can do instead of looking at your phone (again).

  • 1. Go to bed early

  • 2. Schedule your week

  • 3. Go on a walk

  • 4. Read a Bible verse

  • 5. Practice a talent

  • 6. Mend something broken

  • 7. Make your bed

  • 8. Plan an awesome outfit

  • 9. Cook a meal

  • 10. Write a note

  • 11. Plan a budget

  • 12. Take a treat to a friend

  • 13. Do a puzzle

  • 14. Take a nap

  • 15. Get rid of 10 items of clothing

  • 16. Meditate

  • 17. Floss your teeth

  • 18. Buy a ticket

  • 19. Write down your goals

  • 20. Read

  • 21. Write in your journal

  • 22. Bake cookies

  • 23. Sing a song

  • 24. Learn a new skill

  • 25. Smile at someone

  • 26. Play with a puppy

  • 27. Write a chapter of that novel you always meant to write

  • 28. Stretch

  • 29. Go on a hike

  • 30. Pop over to a friend's house

  • 31. Play a card game

  • 32. Talk to someone (in person)

  • 33. Do someone else's chore

  • 34. Look at the stars or the clouds

  • 35. Play a sport

  • 36. Wash your car

  • 37. Write a good ol' fashioned letter

  • 38. Organize your desk (or bedside table, or kitchen cupboard)

  • 39. Make a list of places you want to go

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  • 40. Plan a party

  • 41. Sweep and vacuum the floors

  • 42. Make a cootie catcher

  • 43. Walk somewhere you were going to drive to

  • 44. Wink at someone

  • 45. Wash the dishes

  • 46. Imagine you live in the 1900s

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Melinda Fox has a bachelor's degree in English and is a member of the FamilyShare content team. She loves Shakespeare, listening to her favorite songs on repeat and journaling.

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