Hand it over.
Rest assured, there’s a name for that low-grade panic you feel when your smartphone is out of reach: “nomophobia.” But sometimes, you need to put it away.
Of course, we’re not saying that you should go cold turkey. But when you need to focus—say, in a meeting or at dinner—it’s probably best to stow your device.
From Fernando Barbella, creator of Signs from the Near Future, and Christiano Neves, comes a clever solution: the Mobile Parking Lot, a series of PDFs you can print out and fold into holding bays for smartphones. Available in nine urban industrial designs (including two inspired by Banksy and Star Wars), Mobile Parking Lot keeps your phones at a safe distance so you can pay attention to whoever’s talking in the conference room or at the table. (If you’re anxious about battery power, you can even punch some holes into the background and plug in your charger.)
And don’t freak out: The separation (and separation anxiety) is only temporary.
Printout, free at Mobile Parking Lot.