Unplug. Pause. Notice.

I woke up this morning at 7:00am. My phone on the other hand decided that it wanted to sleep late.

No calls, emails, texts, or data. 

Normally, my first reaction is to panic. What if someone is trying to contact me? What if I need to answer that email from my boss at 7am?

Then it clicked. (Ironic no?)

Just Pause.

What's the worst possible thing that could happen if I don't use my phone at 7 in the morning? 

Instead of thinking about what negative things can happen without my phone, I began to think of the positives of not having access to the multitude of offerings a phone can provide.

I could use the time to study for an upcoming licensure exam that I have been pushing off for so many months. I could notice the sights and sounds as I walk to the train and once off the train I could notice the multitude of offerings that NYC can provide.

And I did exactly that. By the time I walked into my office, I felt a different vibe than usual. A fresh vibe.

Of course once I got to work my phone decided to wake up and I went back to my usual ways. 

But for those few hours between waking up and walking into work, it made the difference in my day.

We shouldn't need our phones to shut down on us in order for us to take a pause and notice what's around us. We should all take the time to pause and notice on a regular basis. 

You'd be surprised at what you will notice.

Try it, and let us know how it went.