Digital detoxification: 6 keys to disconnect
Tips for going through a ‘digital detox’ and learning to live on the fringes of screens.
As new technologies advance, they gain the ability to capture our attention and make us use it even when we don’t really need it. That is why many people really live “hooked” to the world of digital.
In this article, you will find several tips to apply digital detoxification to your day to day and enjoy quality time beyond electronic devices.
6 digital disconnect tips to live beyond the screens
It is clear that there is nothing wrong with using a computer or smartphone at leisure; in fact, there is a lot of interesting and even instructive content on the Internet. However, it is also true that there are not a few who have problems using their free time for something other than browsing the network of networks and/or playing online video games.
So, if you need to, apply these tips to your life to enhance your ability to digitally disconnect when you really don’t want to keep looking at a screen.
1. Leave an automatic notice in your email when you disconnect for vacation
Most email platforms allow you to schedule an automatic reply for when you receive emails while on vacation. Take advantage of this option so as not to expose yourself to the temptation to check your work email inbox.
2. Design your own schedule
The Internet is full of digital platforms and social networks designed to “fill in” our dead moments at times of the day when we don’t know what to do. But, once you have been hooked with their content, it is easy for you to stay browsing through that content and scrolling for many more minutes than you initially planned: that torrent of information (part of which has been selected for us taking into account our tastes and our search tendencies on Google) leads us to lose track of time.
To avoid falling into those situations in which you start looking at the Internet because you have nothing better to do, it is recommended that you structure your time very well, through a detailed schedule of everything you will do during the day. Make sure it includes not only the “official” activities that you should be in charge of but also what is important to you on a personal level. And, of course, add the moment when you will go to bed and turn off the light. These temporary barriers will serve as a clear reference to know if you are managing the hours of the day well, and when you are beginning to exceed yourself with the use of social networks, YouTube videos, etc.
3. Use action triggers
This is another one of those tips to enhance the digital disconnection that complements well with the use of a schedule. It consists of memorizing and internalizing clear instructions that associate spaces and places with actions to be carried out. It can be used for many types of goals, such as to improve work performance, but it is also useful to keep us away from distractions in general.
For example, you can memorize these instructions: “When I finish brushing my teeth in the morning, I will go to the bedroom and put on my jogging clothes.” The idea is that one action predisposes you to carry out the next in a progressive way so that you need a great excuse to break that chain of behaviors and get out of the norm by wasting time with distractions.
4. Maintain an active social life
It is essential to incorporate face-to-face encounters with friends and other people who matter to you into your day-to-day life. In this way, you will avoid that almost all your social life is channeled through the screen (either through chats or social networks). Propose to keep alive a routine of meeting friends at certain times on certain days of the week.
5. On the Internet, distinguish between learning, work and leisure
It is important that you keep these activity blocks in mind and that when you dedicate yourself to them you do not mix them. For example, if you use the Internet to collect documentation to learn, do not mix this action with moments of entertainment on social networks. In this way, you will be much more efficient in managing your time and limiting unnecessary use of the Internet.
6. If nothing works, go to the psychologist
If you notice that you have a significant problem with the use of the Internet that causes you to lose control of your habits and routines, it is important that you attend therapy. This is the most effective way to overcome behavioral problems because it gives the possibility of having professional support adapted to each person and problem.
Digital detoxification: 6 keys to disconnect