Get Off Your Phone And Have An Experience

Get Off Your Phone And Have An Experience

Your snap story can wait.

Picture this: you're at a family barbecue, halfway through the cheeseburger that your uncle just finished firing up on the grill. The ketchup is oozing out of the bun. You feel a cold rush as the sour flavor of a pickle attacks your taste buds. Suddenly, your little cousin begins to speak--it's essentially jibberish--utterances of half-words and almost sentences. But rather than soak up the moment for all that it's worth the people on every side of you instantly whip out their phones. They are too focused on making sure the camera is focused to actually enjoy the moment right in front of them.

I'm not ignorant, I recognize the importance of preserving memories in the form of pictures. There are countless occasions that my nostalgia makes me yearn for a picture or video of a time in the past. However, these past-life replicas do not replace real life, and should not hinder your ability to enjoy a moment in real-time.

I have countless occasions in which I have been too preoccupied with trying to document something that I forget to actually enjoy it in the moment. For example: my first One Direction concert (at the peak of my life-consuming obsession) all I could think about was videotaping every single song. This caused me to completely miss THE Harry Styles waving in my direction because I was trying to start my video camera. I could not fully enjoy the songs because I was so concerned about have enough space on my phone and pointing the camera in the right direction. Or take the first day of senior year of high school. All I could think about was getting the perfect "Insta" that actually soaking up the moment was impossible. Or being on vacation, when you take 800 pictures of the SAME building yet somehow can't say you even remember seeing.

I'm not crazy, and I'm not saying that we should all throw away our phones and cameras and camcorders. I'm just saying that the next time your baby cousin does something cute or your friend does something ridiculous, forget about putting it on your snap story and simply enjoy the moment.

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1. You eat something you hate just to see if you still hate it

I'll take a bite of a burger every once in a while just to reaffirm that it still tastes like dirt. I just have to know. Don't even get me started on vegetables.

2. When trying to explain what you actually like to eat, people give you major side eye

Don't ask me about my eating habits unless you want to get into a long, confusing conversation.

3. Eating at someone else’s house when you were younger was a pain

You hate to tell their parents just how much you hate the food that they gave you. So, you sucked it up and ate it anyway only to come home and whine to your parents.

4. There’s one thing on any menu you always fall back on...even if it’s on the kids menu

Pizza, maybe. Chicken tenders, always.

5. Trying a new food is a very proud moment

It's like, wow! Look at me being all adventurous.

6. When you realize you actually like some new food, that’s an even more amazing moment

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It's 2019, And I Still Use A Weekly Planner

There is something about physically writing things down for that makes it easier to remember dates and deadlines.


Even with all the technology that is available to us nowadays, I still use an old-fashioned planner. I keep it in my backpack and you will see me pull it out if I need to add events for that week. Usually I will review the syllabus for my classes at the start of each semester and put down the important test dates or dates for other assignments. By doing this, I get a visual outline of what each will look like and what weeks will be extra heavy with school and other clubs that I am involved in on campus. Even though having this is a nice tool to help plan ahead and budget my time, it is by no means a failsafe. Sometimes I get this feeling that I forgot to do something that day but can't think of what it is. When this happens, I can refer back to my planner and look to see if I missed anything. The key point is to not forget to write things down, otherwise, all will be lost.

With today's technology, iPhones can do pretty much anything, I am aware that there is google calendar which can be synced up with a MacBook as well. This doesn't work for me because it takes too long to enter the events in my phone and I have not grown used to it. Another point is that I don't have a MacBook so it would only be accessible from my phone. I have found that it is just quicker to jot an event down by hand in my planner. For some people this might seem like a hassle having to pull out their planner when wanting to write down something they need to accomplish for that day. Since people spend a lot of time being on their laptops or phones it would be more convenient for them, being that they know how to work the app.

Either way, keeping a daily schedule or planner has many benefits. As mentioned before, it can help reduce the possibility of forgetting important due dates for exams or projects and other deadlines. Writing things down can also help reduce stress. There are times where there is too much on our plate to handle at once, we might have the feeling that everything needs to get done, which can be overwhelming. When I put things down on paper, it doesn't seem as bad and I can take care of what needs to be done at the moment and then work from there. I feel great after checking off a couple things from my to-do list because I can see that progress is being made.

Another use is to build in some time to relax or just time for yourself into your daily or weekly schedule, this can prevent the feeling of being burned out. Building in free time should have limits, especially for people who may spend too much time watching Netflix or Television. I would know because there are times where it can feel like hours go by and I haven't accomplished anything productive.

I highly recommend anyone who is in college to keep a planner, otherwise the stress can be too much to handle.

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