Do you think you can control your life? Or your device control you?
It is time to look into a digital detox. It’s about getting you to learn you can live without your phone.
Simple Things to Do Before You Start
Find a partner. Sharing your experience with another person will help make you accountable for your behavior and for sticking with the detox.
Motivate. Identify five positive results that will come from cutting down or changing your technology use.
Support yourself. Write and post statements such as “I want to be in control of my choices around technology” around your home, car and office.
Buy a new journal for this detox. At the end of each day, write down something about your experience with the process.
So let’s get started.
- Download OFFTIME APP, the app’s intuitive analytics make it easy to identify your habits and take action to change them. This App lets you understand your digital habits through insightful graphs and appealing visualizations of your smartphone usage, clustered by daily, weekly, monthly and total usage reports.
- Limit yourself to 2 hours at day, just block the apps, notifications and calls and schedule OFFTIME APP for 2 hours a day when you like or just personalized the apps that you use the most to block them. Let OFFTIME time-out feature supports you with taking breaks from your phone. You can take those OFFTIMEs individually – or invite friends, families or colleges to a share OFFTIME.
- Refrain from holding your device in your hand or keeping it in your pocket when it’s not in use.
- Avoid using tech devices during the last hour before you go to bed. You’ve most likely heard that the blue light that your smartphone and tablet emit is bad for sleep. The reason is simple. Blue light is the shortest and brightest wavelength. These facts mean that blue light is able to intensely pierce human retinas’ photoreceptors. So, when the human brain senses blue light from a smartphone, it “sees” it as sunlight, and then “thinks” it’s daytime.
- Prevent using your smartphone while you are driving, working on something or being with your family or friends. Just enjoy the music, being with people or focus to get things done quickly.
- Spend 10 minutes doing nothing — on purpose. Sit still, be quiet, listen to the sounds, feel your breath, experience the sensations in your body.
- Make this moment matter, right now. Three times today, stop what you are doing and fully be where you are, sense your direct experience, allow things to be exactly as they are. Feel your own presence.
Benefits from put your phone down:
Unplugging will help clear your mind and focus on what is necessary and of priority like family, relationships, or your career.
Shutting off your phone before bedtime will enable you to get a good night sleep and all the benefits that comes with it: Better Physical Health, better learning, problem-solving skills, creativity and even better weight control.
Disconnecting from technology allows you to live more freely without pressure to impress and appreciate the simple things in your life and who you are, improving your personality.