I challenged myself by only being able to use my phone for an hour everyday. Quite honestly, I might need to cut the time to five minutes, but we all have to start somewhere.
The first day was a shock to me. I realized quickly how much my brain has made a habit out of checking my phone. With this realization, I became stubborn--I did not want to become a slave to a screen.
Another well needed shock, after not being connected 24/7, was the awareness that NO ONE GIVES A SHIT. Updating your Instagram with a great sunset picture or a good selfie is hardly a blimp on people's radar. Ok, I don't want to make you feel insignificant but I do want you to stop picking up your phone. I want you to instead look up at the person in front of you and shine, inspire. I could give you the argument of life's too short (and it is), but given how much we hear it everyday, I'm going to give you another one to change your mind. Respect. Respect yourself, respect your time, respect others.
So instead of looking down at your phone for answers, look up. What time is it? Ask the stranger next to you. If they react with "Don't you have a phone?", reply with "Yes, I do, but I'm trying to have a conversation with you." See if a conversation can come out of it. Tell them about your phone challenge. The weather! Who cares, just ask a question. And this, is the art of conversation, the willingness to connect. It's as simple as a question. So, get out there! I wish I was more radical and dropped my phone all together, maybe I will one day.