Digital detox week – May 2017
This week, I started a digital detox challenge, here are my thoughts.
Day 1 – Beginning of my digital detox
Starting today I’m leaving my iPhone offline on “Air Plane mode” for a whole week. I want to experience the positive impact of being away from the web when I’m not in front of a computer. Sometime willpower isn’t enough. You have to turn-off the source of your addiction to experience how enslaved you were and how hard it is to get rid of an habit.
Day 4 – Half-way through my digital detox
Already Day 4 of my Mobile Digital Detox Week. Even now I sometime still have this bad habit of trying to get to my phone whenever I have some downtime and my offline phone is reminding me that I can’t (and shouldn’t). It’s a constant fight against the fear of missing out an important message and enjoying the freedom of being offline, but it gets easier as the days go by.
I now try to focus more on the present and take the time to properly plan for the future, without being disrupted by notifications and ‘inbox checking’ impulses.
Overall, it’s a positive experience so far and I really feel that it gives me more time in my day to get more done and to make better decisions. I dare you to do the same and try it for a week! I’d be glad to hear about your own experience 🙂
Day 7 – End of my digital detox
My Extreme Mobile Digital Detox Week ended today and I decided to protect my new found freedom by applying those rules moving forward:
- Not using my phone in the morning.
- Turning off all my notifications except for these apps: Calendar and SMS
- Allowing myself to use my Phone only from noon to 1 pm on workdays.
- Leaving my phone close to the door as soon as I’m home.
- Not using my phone in the evening when the kids are still up
- Embracing this new freedom by doing meaningful things aligned with my values.
Let’s try these new rules for the next 2 weeks and we’ll see how it goes. It’s after you experience digital detox that you can truly measure how enslaved you were.