How to do a digital detox when you have a 9-5 job
Let’s be real here: it’s not easy to leave your smartphone at home, and you probably need internet for your job. However, there are simple ways to take digital breaks – even if you’re a workaholic and have the tendency to take “workcations ” (we’re guilty of it too!). Just follow our tips below and you’ll notice you can actually #LIVEMORE without all that technology time!
Schedule out of the office e-mails: At the end of the work day, try to set an automatic response message that lets people know you’re only available during business hours. This will help you feel less obligated to respond to people 24/7 – especially over the weekend. We know you’ll probably still peek at your e-mails at home (and answer them!), but at least you’ll feel like you can truly relax and disconnect once in a while.
Turn off push notifications: Not only do they distract you at work (even the smallest interruption can take a person an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to fully get back on task!), they make your phone vibrate non-stop. Deactivating the notifications will make it easier to forget about your phone and set it aside for longer periods of time.
Start slow: Going “cold turkey” and totally disconnecting from technology will feel very difficult and could discourage you from following through with it. Go slowly instead, by taking 1 or 2-hour breaks before bed, and not checking your Instagram feed first thing in the morning (we know it’s hard!). After a few days of doing this, try to stay away from your smartphone, computer and tablet for one day over the weekend. Before you know it you’ll be able to do a digital detox for a whole weekend!
Commit yourself to one non-tech activity a week: Whether it’s a yoga class , meditation , going on a hike, or cooking, all of these activities can be done without technology. Commit yourself to them fully and let your brain take a break – it deserves it!
Top tip: If you find you’re truly addicted to your smartphone and can’t pull yourself away at all, go on a Digital Detox Holiday, like Camp Grounded. It’s a summer camp for adults and proposes activities like creative writing, hiking, rock climbing and bonfires to bring people together and really disconnect!
Digital detoxes can be as short or as long as you like, and they’ll help you feel more energized and connected (without technology!) to yourself and the people around you.