A digital detox (24 hours with no computer, phone, internet—anything) is like a magical cure-all for an instantly healthier, happier life. It can improve your posture, slash your stress, fix your insomnia, boost your self-esteem, and make you more empathetic, focused, and creative. And that’s not all—for more on why this simple move is one of the best moves you can make in your life.
Here are some tips to help you do a digital detox.
1. Remove distractions: there's the four burners theory- Anything that is not essential to your four burners (family, friends, health, and work) should be removed. That means no alerts, beeps, buzzes, or notifications of any kind, perhaps with the exception of voicemails for emergencies.
2.. Don't glamorise busyness
Staying busy is easier than taking time to pursue what would really make us happy. Worse yet, the Internet makes it so easy to be "busy" indefinitely. So be careful not to glamorise busyness.
3. Always ask "why" when you pull out your phone
Keeping our phones in our pockets is one of the bravest things that any of us can do. We should choose not to use our phones as a security blanket. It's important to be present and grateful for the moment.
4. Try using the rule of thirds
Divide your life into thirds—8 hours for work, 8 hours for sleep, and 8 hours free. Working more does not actually make us more productive. Working smart and keeping time free allows our minds to wander in ways that make the hours we do work more effective.
5. Periodically, fast from electronics
Yes, literally fast. Although it feels a little scary at first, an electronics fast forces you to connect with others and with yourself, which turns out to be a pretty amazing experience.
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