Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed and you have trouble to focus? It’s time for you to do a digital detox! Get more productive and regain energy. Detox your mind in five easy steps:
We are constantly online. Multitasking seems to be normal – not only as a freelancer or business owner. Our to-do lists are long, our smartphones are always “on” and messages pop up all the time. They distract us, steal our time and they let us feel defocused. If we react all-day long, we get pretty much unproductive and lose precious time.
To be super productive and balanced we need to be more mindful with our online jobs and technical devices.
I will tell you how you can detoxify your mind. Let’s start with a short definition:
What is a digital detox?
A digital detox means switching off all technical devices like phones, tablets, laptops and computers for a few hours, one or multiple days or even weeks. During your “offline time,” you have the possibility to recharge, rest and have quality social interactions in real life.
Do you need a digital detox?
If you are addicted to the internet, absolutely! Do you constantly check your phone? Do you have trouble to stop working and being online? Everybody who is excessively or compulsively using the internet should do a regular digital detox.
Don’t work seven days
I usually work as many days as I can because I love what I do! Though I come to a point where I feel not balanced anymore. And that happens – if I want it or not – after around five to six days.
I just can’t trick my mind or body like “Please don’t get tired, I need to do this and that and my to-do-list is so, so long!”
Don’t ignore the signals of tiredness or you risk a burnout sooner or later. Maybe you get aggressive or impulsive or you get a headache. Whatever symptom you face, don’t ignore it.
Learn to let go – stop controlling
Yet, when I did a work break for one or two days, I still checked my phone and Facebook feed regularly. Just because I had the feeling I miss something.
The truth is, the world doesn’t revolve around you. If you’re online or not – people will go on interacting and yes, you will miss certain Facebook posts, but: Does it matter? You can check it out later. You need to learn to let things happen without your full control.
We are not robots. That is a fact.
A digital detox helps to refocus, set new priorities and most importantly: get new energy. That is what you need and want, right?
5 Steps to master your digital detox
A successful detox requires some planning, but don’t freak out. It is easier than you think:
1. What is your motivation?
Reflect yourself. Before you start a detox, take a paper notebook and write down how you feel at the moment with all the online work and distractions.
Also, write down what you expect from the detox process. Define five positive results from cutting down your technology use.
- Do you need to recharge your batteries?
- Do you want more quality time with your partner, family, and friends?
- Do you need some time alone to reflect your life?
2. How long do you want to be offline?
To feel a big difference, I recommend to switch off all your technical devices for at least 24 hours. You could start with a weekend or a holiday. Make it official and make a note in your calendar.
It also helps to tell everybody that you will not be available for a certain time. A lot of busy people announce on Facebook or on other social media channels that they start a #digitaldetox. Usually, people react very positively to those announcements and they even encourage you.
If you’re seriously addicted to the internet, start with smaller realistic limits for each day. Switch off during your meals, while shopping, or when you go to bed. Slowly stretch your time offline, feel the positive effects and difference.
3. What are your “offline plans”?
Choose some activities which help you to relax. I’m sure you have hobbies which you were not following actively in a long time, am I right?
Get active and creative. What about:
- Outdoor trips with the bike, walking or hiking
- Board games with friends and family
- A city trip
- Cooking and baking?
There are plenty of possibilities!
4. Go offline – completely!
If you’re constantly online and used to look at your phone all day long, it can be very challenging to ignore the screen suddenly. Fortunately, you already made plans for your new free time. You can take your phone on trips for emergency calls but disconnect it from the internet. Only focus on yourself and your environment. Enjoy your new freedom!
How does it feel to be free?
5. Set new priorities before you go online
Before you go online again, set new priorities. How do you want to spend your next time with your smartphone and laptop? Redefine what is urgent and what is important – it is not the same! Learn what the difference is with the help of the so-called Eisenhower Box.
Other ideas to get more productive:
- Unsubscribe from newsletters which you don’t enjoy
- Plan when exactly and how much time you want to spend in social media
- Limit your time for checking emails
- Phone free mornings
- Phone free meals
Repeat your digital detox
Whenever you lose your focus, feel again overwhelmed and tired, do your next digital detox. Don’t risk a burnout. Remember, the more rested you are, the more productive you can be. Be smart and take some time off as often as possible.
Stay balanced, Kathrin
Now, that you know about all of the advantages, when do you start your digital detox?
Do you have other tips to overcome an internet addiction?
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