This post was originally published on May 25th, 2016 and has been updated with slight stylistic changes.
Go and delete all the games from your phone.
Now, before you close your browser and whip out Candy Crush to spite me, please hear me out.
I used to find myself constantly reaching for my phone to play games when I was standing in line, waiting for the microwave to beep, or any other myriad of situations that left me with a few free moments.
But diving into the digital world meant I was completely engrossed in my phone instead of experiencing my surroundings and being present with friends and family.
Once I realized how much time was slipping away to these pointless games, I deleted them all.
It was tough.
The itch to play didn’t go away for a few weeks, but it did eventually subside. Those games were sucking away my life and providing little value in return.
I’m not saying that all video games are a waste of time (I still play my fair share), but in my experience, the mobile games are not worth your time or attention.
Having games on your phones turns the device into a pacifier, one meant to distract you. Many apps are purposefully designed to keep you in their digital world for as long as possible.
Personally, I prefer to use my phone as a tool to improve my life.
So, once the games are gone, what should you do now?
Look around. Enjoy the present moment.
The One Thing: Delete all the games from your phone.
Lane Sawyer is an IT consultant at Pariveda Solutions in Seattle, WA. He enjoys writing articles like this one when he’s not working on some new project, tackling a challenging video game, or running around outside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You can find out more about him on his website.