But what is a digital detox you ask?
A digital detox is when you completely cut out anything and everything digital/techy from your life. This is mainly your smartphone, iPad and laptop. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve become so addicted and reliant on my devices that they’ve become an extension of my arm.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the digital world. How could I not? I’ve been brought up with it and now it’s a huge part of my business life, plus it’s allowed me to do freelance work from the comfort of my home, in local coffee shops and wherever I am in the world. But I do feel like it’s causing a lot of people to lose out on more meaningful, face-to-face interaction. I can’t even begin to describe to you how important actually speaking and interacting with real humans is.
More often than not, when my other half and I go out for meals or for drinks, you see people sat there scrolling through their phone rather than talking to the person they are with. It honestly makes me so sad. People are so much more interested in what’s going on on Facebook or Instagram than listening to their significant other telling them about their day.
I try my hardest to never do these things, but I have to admit, even I’ve been guilty of it from time to time.
If you feel a little bit too reliant on your smartphones and tablets these days, why not check out some of my tips on how to do a digital detox. Why not try it this weekend!
Catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to finish in forever!
I have way too many books that I’m reading at the minute. The problem is, I have so many and never get round to finishing them. Sometimes with all the blogging, working, photography, and trying to have a life too, I find that I tell myself I never have time to finish them. A digital detox gives you more time to do the things you’ve been holding off on and want to do more of. For me, reading is one of those things. I hate to say it but lately, I’ve been doing much more social media scrolling (thanks Instagram for changing your algorithm again) than reading, and it’s not OK!
Re-connect with people offline.
I’m very much a people person and for me, I love just sitting and talking with my friends, family and other half. We’re used to always having some sort of distraction, whether it’s checking WhatsApp or Instagram notifications, so it’s really important to re-connect without these thoughts and feelings in the back of our minds too. Although the internet and social media has indeed helped us connect with people from all over the world, it’s also made our offline connections more complex. Sleep in and have breakfast in bed with your other half, go to lunch with your gals or make dinner with your parents. It’s so important to cherish and put time and effort into offline relationships.
Develop a better relationship with your technology.
Nowadays we’ve become super dependant on our devices, but we don’t necessarily need to give up on them completely. Just build a better relationship with them. We all need to realise that the world won’t end if we don’t check Instagram every hour, or if we don’t reply to a message straight away. Our devices are there to be helpful and beneficial to our lives, not just there to kill time.
Now I’m not saying that you need to completely fall off the face of the earth to do this.
Afterall, everyone is that accessible these days that if your parents or other half can’t get hold of you, they might think something bad has happened! Here are my top tips for doing a digital detox without people thinking you’ve run off to Timbuktu!
1. Make sure you tell everyone close to you
Just for everyone’s sake, let people know. People that you converse with on a regular basis and people who need to know, like your Mum and Dad. If you want, post it on your social media, tell them that you’re going to be offline for a couple of days, that way people know what’s happening and that you’re not ignoring them.
2. Turn your phone, laptops and tablets off completely
I don’t mean on standby or do not disturb. Not even just popping it in a drawer. Turn it off completely and put it out of sight. Out of sight out of mind. You’re only human so you’ll be tempted to turn it on and look, but once people know you’re heading offline, you’ll have less pressure on yourself to check in.
3. Be sure to plan ahead
If you’re a blogger like me, you won’t want to stop posting. One thing I use to keep ahead is Buffer. It’s a great tool to be able to schedule your posts and keep putting your posts out there. It makes sure that my blogging game doesn’t suffer too much.
If you want to plan things with your friends make sure you plan them before you start your detox. It’s also a great way of ensuring no one can back out of your plans because you’ll have no way of finding out! Go out for brunch or afternoon tea and enjoy connecting with each other again. Either that or enjoy some serious me time. Head out for a coffee and read a book or go and discover a new place 🙂 You have full control of what you do.
If you’re looking to reconnect and get away from your tech devices, why not try a digital detox over the weekend!
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Have you ever done a digital detox before? Let me know in the comments below!