Ditch the phone, embrace boredom

Rely on gadgets for entertainment during idle moments and you are likely to have a constant urge to be distracted when doing work.

A commuter using his mobile phone at Bishan MRT station. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Eating meals out with my son makes me feel I'm in some sort of Groundhog Day situation.

Every meal starts off the same way - with my son clamouring to use my smartphone while waiting for his food because "I have nothing to doooooo", that last word whined out long and loud.

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