6 Ways To Digital Detox Every Day

Unplugging is important. Here's how I do it on a daily basis.

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If you’ve ever taken a break from Technology, you know how great it feels. It’s definitely hard, with all of the incoming messages and emails, you feel you need to respond to right away. Slowly, I’m learning that it’s not that serious. If the messages wait a few hours or even a day, the world will still go round. Read on for a few daily digital detox tips.

1. Turn off notifications for certain apps that you don’t need to see updates for ALL the time.

For me, this is: Instagram, Facebook email, Whatsapp and pretty much any other app on my phone that isn’t used to reach me in an emergency. Rather than being bombarded with all of the notifications from these apps, I just check them when I feel like it.

2. Don’t use your cell phone, iPad or computer for at least one hour before bed.

This has been a really good one for me! It helps me to unwind and I’ve read a lot more books since doing this.

3. Don’t spend your entire subway ride looking at your phone.

My commute is about 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how cooperative the Q line is being. I used to troll social media and read and respond to emails on the subway, I still do it sometimes, but most of the time I put my music on, leave my phone in my pocket and read a book. This has also helped me read more books recently.

4. Never walk and text.

We’re all guilty of it and we all get annoyed with the people who don’t watch where they’re going. If I must answer a text, I stop and stand at the side of the sidewalk, respond and then put my phone away again. It takes less time than trying to walk and text at the same time. Plus, when you look up while you’re walking, you actually see the world.

5. Tell people you are off for the night.

I guarantee you they will understand.

6. Don’t use your cell phone for at least one hour after you wake up in the morning.

This is one that I need to work on! The light from the phone helps to wake me up, but I don’t think scrolling through Instagram is the most productive way to start my day.

I hope these tips were helpful and you incorporate a few in your daily digital detox. Plus, National Day of Unplugging is actually a thing. 


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