Recently on my YouTube channel I was talking about a fun technique that I use with my friends and family to make sure the quality time we spend together isn’t interrupted by our digital devices! Check it out here!! Today I want to share five more fantastic ways that you can easily disconnect and detox digitally every day.
- SET LIMITS
Recent estimates show that the average person uses their phone for more than four hours every day. Even if you feel that you are not personally coming close to this amount of time, the chances are you’re still losing quite a chunk of your day unnecessarily to your digital devices.
Setting yourself a sensible limit is a great way to make sure you aren’t over-using your gadgets and to give this time back to yourself. You can do this by allocating periods during the day when you won’t use any of your devices – even just for 30 minutes at a time. You may then want to increase the periods of technology free time that you enjoy!
- THE BEDROOM: A PHONE-FREE ZONE
As well as distracting you from going to sleep because you are using it, having your phone in bed can also interrupt your rest. This is because the light from the screen can inhibit your melatonin production, which is key to your natural sleep cycle.
Make the commitment to leave your phone turned off in another room when you go to bed. You will soon be enjoying better sleep and won’t be reaching for your phone first thing in the morning!
- DRIVING DETOX- ALWAYS!
There is absolutely no excuse for using your phone or any other similar device whilst you are driving. Not only is it illegal but it’s also really dangerous! Even if you are not directly using your device, you may be distracted when it rings, beeps or vibrates – causing you to pay less attention to the road.
Turn your phone off when you enter your vehicle and be sure not to turn it on again until you have safely completed your journey.
- PRIORITISE REAL LIFE
Spending time with people who are constantly checking their phones is frustrating to say the least – but are you also guilty of this behaviour?
When you are interacting with people – whether it’s a lunch date, casual conversation or anything else, commit to not using your phone at all. Not only does this show the person you are with that you value their time and their presence, but it also gives you a period of time during which you are naturally digitally detoxing.
- LEAVE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND
There are probably many times during your day when having a digital device on you simply isn’t necessary. Maybe you check your emails at the gym, scroll through your social feeds over lunch, or text with your friends from your desk at work. Although you might enjoy doing these things, they will inevitably be distracting you from what you’re actually meant to be doing.
Start to leave your devices behind when you go to the gym, to lunch, to work etc, and you will soon notice how much more focused you are.