Digital detox? Yes, chances are you really, really do. We spend too much time connected to electronics. We have our smartphones, tablets and laptops. Even the television is an electronic. Too much time on electronics dulls our senses, gives us headaches, and allows real life to pass us by.
Give yourself some time to enjoy the day, your family, your friends – live for experiences you can only have without electronics. You’ll come back refreshed and ready to get back to work. It can give you new energy and maybe even help solve that problem you were working on before by just allowing it to sit.
You choose how much time. Maybe start out small if you are worried about leaving things unattended. Even just an evening. I try to disconnect on the weekends. Sometimes it happens, sometimes not.
Recently, when I was on vacation, I disconnected for several days. At first, it was hard, I wanted to check e-mail and make sure that I wasn’t missing anything. Luckily, I have awesome clients and after a day, when I hadn’t received any messages, I completely shut everything down. I really enjoyed my time with my family and I did come back refreshed and ready for new challenges.
How to Do It
- Prepare for your digital detox by getting everything in order. Create an “out of the office” e-mail. Let your clients, friends, and family know when you will not be available.
- At the beginning of your Digital Detox, turn off all app notifications on your computer, tablet and smartphone. Better yet, turn off your devices and leave them put away somewhere.
- Enjoy your time! Connect with family, friends, and nature.
As usual, many of my blog posts stem from information that I personally want to know more about or my clients have asked about. I have gathered several articles that I think you will find filled with inspirational and informative information. Here are my top picks:
10 minute Digital Detox: The Secret to Avoiding Media Overload
How To Do A Digital Detox
Technology Addiction-How To Digitally Unplug And Detox
#Unplug: The Complete, Printable Guide
The bottom line, you need to take care of yourself! Are there any tips you would like to add? I’d love to hear them, please share in the comments below.