DIGITAL DETOX: THE TIPS
Step 1: Sort Your Kit List
Start by getting everything you might need.
Alarm clock: In order to be able to wake up without your phone, I suggest getting a proper alarm clock. I’ve had a Lumie for years, it wakes me up gently with a sunrise and sends me to sleep with a sunset. If that’s too pricey, find a second-hand old-school one or, if you trust yourself - sleep with the curtains open (but maybe that’s a weekend practice).
Books: You will have so much more time on your hands without the incessant thumb action. My current reading list is The Power, The Rules Do Not Apply and Why We Sleep. Have a dive into Cosy - it really is the perfect accompaniment to a winter digital detox.
Activities: I spent a lot of time walking in VivoBarefoot trainers and think Wool and The Gang is a great way to use your fingertips - whilst being productive and sustainable at the same time. WIN WIN my #Woke friends!
Notepad: No more ‘Notepad’ app means actual WRITING ON PAPER with an actual PEN. So much time for journaling and planning out all your remarkable ideas! That little A-Level index finger callus might even reappear.
London A to Z: Goodbye Google Maps. Hello London-Cabbie-Driver-In-The-Making.
Step 2: Share The News!
Switch on your ‘Out Of Office’ - and obviously have a word with your boss beforehand.
Tell people you’re turning your phone off so they’re not worried (admittedly, the majority don’t notice). Broadcasting this on Instagram and YouTube is not essential, but held me very accountable.
Write down any important numbers that you might need and find the numbers and address of where you’ll be during your time, so you’re contactable in case of an emergency.
Step 3: Turn Off Your Phone
I’ve done digital detoxes where I have deleted my social media apps, but the difference in turning off your device completely is VAST. Go on, switch it off, I dare you…
Brilliant benefits of that I noticed from the switch off:
- I had so much more time!
- My head was clearer.
- I felt much more present.
- I actually used my watch as more than a fashion accessory #twobirds #sustainable
- I slept better and had really vivid dreams.
- I enjoyed finding activities to keep me occupied. Even if that meant counting the spider webs on my bedroom ceiling. True story.
- Without the distraction of Instagram food porn, I snacked less and ate more intuitively.
- Navigating my way around without the help of Google Maps was rewarding and FUN.
- My skin and eyes looked brighter than they had in YEARS.