Learning a lesson that can make you much more successful is always a great thing! I just learned had one of those lessons; I learned the most effective use of a cellphone at lunch.
If you’re like me you see people on their phones at lunch all the time. Recently, saw a table of four people and all four were on their phones at the same time!
Today, I was eating lunch at Whole Foods and the person sitting next to me at the counter was reading a book…that’s right!…a book!…with pages and a cover and everything!
The wonderful lesson I learned was that she had placed her phone horizontally at the top of the open book as a way to hold the pages down so her hands were free. It was the best use of a phone at lunch I’ve ever seen.
What if, for one lunch hour a week, you read something? I don’t mean reading the newspaper or a current magazine; give that trying-to-stay-up-on-the-world part of your mind a rest. You could pick a book you’ve always wanted to read; remember those books you should have read in high school and college? Or, read a book about a topic you’ve always wanted to explore, but never thought you had enough time?
Now, some of you are thinking, “Well, Mr. Smartilonia, I could read a book on my phone.” True…but, it isn’t the same…and research proves that.
So, take a book to lunch. Plop your phone on the open pages to hold them down and as you’re reading look around. When you meet the eyes of one of those folks who’s shoveling sushi in their mouth and talking on the phone at the same time…just smirk.
I promise they are looking at you and thinking, “I should be doing that.”