This month I joined an inspiring Facebook group run by inspirational blogger and wonder woman Zanna Van Dijk, one of my favourite women to follow online. The group focuses on conscious and ethical living and so far I’m a little bit in love with it and have frequented it almost every day since joining. Recently there have been discussions of digital detoxing, and people have been chipping in with how they plan to challenge themselves to cut down the amount of time spent using phones throughout December. I thought I’d try and get a headstart.
I’ve already been thinking about this, as I tend to spend a lot of time on my phone and husband tends to poke fun at me about it (or just poke me about it, if I’ve been on it too long) and while a lot of that time is spent reading the news, writing or blogging it still feels like too much time and I need to take a step away.
So I’ve made three daily goals for myself, and plan to implement them from tonight onwards:
No phones between six and seven in the evening. Prime time to collapse on the sofa after a long day at work and just scroll, am I right? But instead, that time could be spent much more productively. I do always play either music or an Audiobook through my Amazon Alexa as soon as I get home, but I feel like that doesn’t quite count.
No phones at the dinner table. Well, I already do this if I’m honest, but writing it down makes it official. No mobile phones anywhere near the dinner table. At all.
Leave my phone downstairs overnight. Realistically, I have no reason to keep it by my bed. Husband has an alarm on his phone, and I could do something really old-fashioned like buy an alarm clock. That way I’m not tempted to check my emails, see what’s new on Instagram, or generally waste time lying in bed when I could be up and about and making the most of my mornings.
So, that starts tonight! Wish me luck! Are you planning a digital detox of any kind? If so, what are you thinking of doing?