It’s January and it seems that everyone is doing a declutter challenge… me included! So today, I wanted to take it a step further and do a quick digital detox. If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about your digital clutter, read on for 5 quick and easy ways to do a digital detox TODAY!
First & Last 30 minutes of the Day: No Screens!
So this is new for me…I am trying to wake up and NOT TOUCH MY PHONE for the first 30 minutes of the morning. I realized that my morning “coffee time” was dragging on longer and longer over the holiday break. I was spending an hour (or more!) on my phone in the morning. Now, I am consciously trying to wake up, write down my gratitudes and goals, and get to the business of working out. It’s only day 7… but it really has made a difference. I love that I have the time to write down my goals and reflect. I was already turning my phone off 30 minutes before bedtime, but if you’re not, try creating a “downtime” for your phone. It helps sleep and gets your mind off of social media or “to-dos” right before you go to bed.
Turn Off Your Notifications
I am purposely trying to go through and delete all my non-urgent notifications. I hate when I am talking to someone and they keep looking down at their apple watch or phone, but I AM GUILTY OF THIS AS WELL. Pot calling the kettle black for sure! So I am trying to turn off all the buzzes, dings, messages, and anything that pulls my focus from what I am doing at the current moment. My goal is to be present in conversations and not constantly pulled back to this tiny digital box at all times of the day. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. This article by David Neil talks about how notifications might be ruining our lives! 😰
Unsubscribe to 3 emails a day
I don’t think I’m alone here, but I am drowning in emails! All the holiday shopping means that I am now on every company’s distro list. I am challenging myself this week to unsubscribe instead of deleting. This will help to reduce the inflow in the long run so I don’t feel so overwhelmed. This also makes sure that the important emails don’t get lost in the mix. If you’d like to read more about decluttering and organizing your emails, click here.
Delete your Unused Apps
I have an idea. For one week, every time you use an app move it to a new screen. At the end of the week you will see which apps you actually use and you can delete the rest. Remember, if you’ve already downloaded the app it’s extremely easy to download it again. So if it’s something you only use every once in a while try deleting it or at least moving it off your main screen. For more tips on decluttering your apps, read here.
Leave your Phone in a Different Room
New rule in the Arevalo house: NO PHONES IN THE BATHROOM. This is a lot harder than you think it would be. I know I take my phone in there to listen to podcasts, but when I really think about it…that’s gross. Phones do not belong in the bathroom. Besides the bathroom, we are also trying to be more intentional with our presence at any given time. So if we are watching TV, we’re watching TV. If we’re having dinner, the phones are not at the table. Phones can stay upstairs or in another room all together. It’s hard, but I think it helps us to stop scrolling and be present in the moment. In addition, we’ve realized that the kids are following our example and we can definitely do better!
Do these quick and easy tips for a digital detox sound doable to you? Which one do you think will give you the biggest challenge? Let me know how these go for you or if you have some other ideas of how you are going to do a digital detox. If you would like to read more about digital decluttering, you can read my article 7 Day Digital Declutter Challenge and make sure to grab the checklist below!