I’ve got the best tips for a digital detox right here. For a successful digital detox you can’t just think you’ll unplug and that’s it. Taking the cold turkey approach is doomed to failure because quite simply, most of us can’t function normally without access to our phones, laptops etc. To be successful and reap the benefits of unplugging, you need the right approach. Follow these ways to start and stick to a digital detox. Good luck!
1. Don’t Use Your Job as an Excuse to Not Be Able to Unplug
Sure, there are definitely some people who have jobs that require them to be checking their emails every five minutes, the President of the United States, perhaps, but not necessarily you! How many times have you used work as an excuse to browse the web or your social media for a while? This needs to stop if you want a successful detox. Set strict rules for yourself on using your devices outside of work hours. You will be surprised at just how easy it become once you get over the first for days of being without your online hook up at home.
2. Set Boundaries with Your Boss to Achieve as Clear Picture and Demarcation between Work and Home/life
In order to achieve the first goal I mentioned, it is vital that you come to a good and fair understanding with your boss about the kind of life you want to have outside of work. A lot of people can get in to a relationship with their bosses that requires them to do a lot more online work at home than they would wish. Be strong in your stance and make it clear that just because you are going to be spending less time online at home, it doesn’t mean that you are taking your responsibilities in the office any less seriously.
3. Set Time Limits for Checking and Working Online outside of Work, Particularly for Emails
If you do have one of those jobs that absolutely cannot go without an email check every now and then, work out a strict limit with yourself on how much time you will spend doing this out of office hours. By all means, check your inbox in your down time, but limit this to perhaps a 20-minute session every evening. That should give you more than enough to read and respond to all of the messages and queries that are too important to leave until the next time you are actually at work.
4. Have an Understanding Partner Who Will Support and Encourage Your Digital Detox
Tech addiction can be a very contagious thing, with the urge to play on your smartphone enhanced by the fact that the person you are with is doing it to. Because of this, you can only really have a successful digital detox if you have a partner who is willing to be supportive and limit their own usage, or at least wait until times when you aren’t around to do their browsing. It will be much easier to cruise through a no tech environment if both of you are on board and committed to seeing it through.
5. You Have to Be Strong and Committed to Making the Adjustments to Using Less Tech
It isn’t until you try to give up the digital world that you realize just how much it has permeated every aspect of daily life. It’s going to be hard to get adjusted, but you just need to be strict with yourself and stick to the time limits that you have determined. It doesn’t make sense to completely cut out device usage, especially if your job needs it, but cut out all of the unnecessary stuff like Twitter and Facebook and you will really feel a change.
6. Stop and Take a Deep Breath Whenever You Feel like Reaching for a Browse
This one might seem silly, but trust us, it works! Whenever you feel the urge to check Twitter or have a casual scroll through Instagram, sit back, close your eyes and take a series of nice deep breaths in and out. This is the most basic form of meditation you can do, and although simple, it really can have the effect of refocusing your mind and allowing the tech urge to pass.
7. Hide Your Phone if Nothing else Works
If all else fails, you can always take a more direct approach! Have your partner or housemate physically hide your phone somewhere that you don’t know. Rather than looking like a fool and searching for it, you will have to be content with spending your time in other ways until they see fit to reveal the location! (Of course, make them turn it off before they hide it).
Do you think you could cope with a digital detox?