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This list of 125 things to do instead of being on your phone will inspire you to spend your time in a more meaningful, enjoyable way. 

In the last two decades, phones have become most people’s most used (and cherished) possessions. 

As weird as it may sound, phones (particularly cell phones) have become our best friends, allowing us to do things we’d have never imagined not so long ago. 

Of course, we can call and text people.

But we can now also take pictures, browse the internet, film, and chat with someone at the other end of the world.

Our cell phones are also multipurpose tools we use as alarm clocks, calendars, or even music players. 

It’s no surprise that Americans spend on average between four and five hours per day on their small devices!

But despite all the benefits that come with owning a phone, we have become addicted to them and spend way too much time on them. 

Break this bad habit by giving one of these 125 awesome things to do instead of being on your phone a try! 

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Why you should stop being on your phone all the time 

While phones are great tools that make some aspects of life easier, using them too much has many drawbacks. 

One of the main ones is that they prevent us from being in the present moment. 

Whenever I find myself stuck on my phone, I often realize that all the time spent in this virtual world is time not spent enjoying my real life.

I find that I am missing out on my life and what it has to offer, and not paying attention to what truly matters

When I embraced slow living a couple of years ago, I decided that I would spend as little time on my phone as possible, and I’ve never looked back! 

Another thing I hate about phones and particularly social media is that they make us fall into the comparison trap.

We feel like other people have better lives, and we thus end up feeling discontent.

And ironically, social media prevents us from having real, face-to-face interactions. 

There are countless things to do instead of being on your phone and wasting time!

Overall, spending a lot of time on our phones can harm our mental health and well-being.

It also steals away so much time from our lives, which is such a shame!

Time is the most precious thing we have on earth, so we should use it wisely

If you want to break free from your phone addiction, check out my best digital minimalism tips!

They will help you be more mindful of how you use your devices.

Also, consider doing some of the following things instead of being on your phone all the time.

These lists include things to do outside as well as at home, so you will always know what to do whenever you’re tempted to reach for your phone! 

125 awesome things to do instead of being on your phone 

Things to do outside instead of being on your phone 

  1. Go for a walk
  2. Read in the nearby park
  3. Plant some plants in the garden
  4. Go to the gym
  5. Visit a farm 
  6. Admire trees and plants in your neighborhood
  7. Relax on the beach
  8. Visit your local farmer’s market
  9. Go for a run
  10. Play in nature with your kids 
  11. Explore the local forest 
  12. Meet with a friend 
  13. Visit a museum
  14. Enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant 
  15. Go to the theater with a loved one
  16. Go for a bike ride
  17. Have a picnic
  18. Visit your neighbors
  19. Walk your dog
  20. Go foraging 
  21. Birdwatch 
  22. Watch the sunrise or sunset
  23. Go to a new café 
  24. Meditate surrounded by chirping birds 
  25. Go for a hike
  26. Have a bonfire with your friends 
  27. Volunteer 
  28. Go stargazing at night 
  29. Swim in the sea or a lake
  30. Go thrifting (learn more about the amazing benefits of second-hand shopping and things to look for at thrift stores!)
  31. Try walking barefoot on the grass 
  32. Sunbath (don’t forget your sunscreen and sun hat
  33. Visit the library and borrow some books
  34. Try surfing
  35. Go camping
Spending time outdoors is one of the best things to do instead of being on your phone.

Productive things to do instead of being on your phone 

  1. Clean out your closet
  2. Empty your email inbox
  3. Unsubscribe from unwanted subscriptions (whether that’s an email newsletter or a streaming service)
  4. Sew up holes in your clothes 
  5. Schedule and book all your doctors’ appointments 
  6. Do the laundry
  7. Plan your next trip 
  8. Declutter an area of your home (you’ve probably forgotten about these 18 ones!) 
  9. Cook a few meals in advance
  10. Deep clean your home (dust, mop, vacuum)
  11. Make a vision board 
  12. Recycle all those unnecessary piles of paperwork
  13. Water your plants and give them some love
  14. Fix something that’s broken
  15. Go grocery shopping
  16. List some things for sale 
  17. Check the expiration dates in your pantry, fridge, freezer, and bathroom cabinets
  18. Start a donation box and fill it with things you don’t use
  19. Change your sheets and towels 
  20. Write a to-do list 
  21. Start a compost in your garden 
  22. Clean your car (inside and out)
  23. Declutter your basement/attic/garage 
  24. Plan your next home improvement project
  25. Do a work-out 
  26. Make a budget for the month
  27. Empty your trash can and take the recycling out 
  28. Find a textile recycling program in your area
  29. Look at your schedule and see what commitments you can eliminate 
  30. Take a course 

Relaxing things to do at home

  1. Take a nap
  2. Read a book
  3. Do a puzzle 
  4. Write in your journal
  5. Hug a loved one (your spouse, kids, pets…)
  6. Listen to music
  7. Color in a coloring book
  8. Look out the window and pay attention to what is happening 
  9. Do some light stretches 
  10. Relax in your garden or balcony
  11. Watch a movie you’ve been wanting to watch for a while
  12. Apply lotion all over your body 
  13. Bake some delicious treats and share them with your neighbors 
  14. Meditate in silence
  15. Watch your favorite TV series 
  16. Take a shower or bath 
  17. Open the windows and breathe in the fresh air 
  18. Listen to a podcast
  19. Play a video game 
  20. Spend time with a loved one
  21. Have a conversation with your spouse or kids
  22. Read inspirational quotes
  23. Make yourself a nice cup of tea or hot cocoa and enjoy every sip 
  24. Do nothing and notice the little things around you
  25. Look through your photo albums 
  26. Take care of your skin
  27. Sing a song 
  28. Build a fort with your kids 
  29. Write a gratitude list 
  30. Diffuse essential oils
Use your free time to do some relaxing activities, like reading or enjoying a cup of tea.

Hobbies to try (that you’ll love!)

  1. Do yoga 
  2. DIY your own cosmetics 
  3. Learn a new language
  4. Traveling
  5. Play a ball game with friends 
  6. Knitting 
  7. Crochet
  8. Embroidery 
  9. Calligraphy 
  10. Pick up trash in nature
  11. Draw 
  12. Paint 
  13. Horse riding 
  14. Gardening 
  15. Learn how to play an instrument 
  16. Cooking (try out some new recipes!) 
  17. Write a story 
  18. Scrapbooking 
  19. Play board games with your friends or family
  20. Make pottery
  21. Pilates 
  22. Rollerblading 
  23. Bowling 
  24. Mountain biking 
  25. Weight lifting 
  26. Take a dance class 
  27. Play sports with your kids 
  28. Try snow sports in the winter (skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating…) 
  29. Start a blog 
  30. Photography 

Final thoughts on these awesome things to do instead of being on your phone 

I hope this list of 125 awesome things to do instead of being on your phone helped you get back control over how often and how long you use your tiny device! 

Most of us feel addicted to our phones.

We check it even when we only have one minute of free time.

We just can’t help it and it’s so hard to control ourselves. 

Yet, we need to remember that real life is happening now, and spending too much time staring at a screen prevents us from enjoying it to the fullest. 

The world.


People we love.

Things we enjoy.

The simple joys of life.

All these things are here, NOW.

So we’d better pay attention to them while they’re still there instead of wasting our time on our meaningless phones! 

For more inspiration and ideas, read my blog post about 50 things to do when you’re bored at home.

I also have an entire article about how to live a simple life in a modern world, which might interest you. 

What are your favorite things to do instead of being on your phone?

I’d love to know what you like doing in your free time! 

Don’t forget to share this blog post with your friends to inspire them to put their devices down and help them find ideas for things to do instead of reaching for their phones. 

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