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Lifestyle,  Personal Development

How to Electronically Unplug (Electronic Detox)

For this month’s affirmations, I challenged you guys to unplug and spend more time enjoying life. But I know better than anyone that that’s easier said than done. Which is how this post came to be. I want you all to take this months challenge seriously because I want all of you to enjoy yourselves and live in the moment. We miss so much when our heads are down scrolling through social media or watching Netflix. I myself am guilty of spending hours upon hours binge-watching Arrow (which I highly recommend). But I hope that with this post I’m able to change all that because it’s time to live our lives and unplug!

How do I unplug?

First things first we need to practice some self-control. And in order to do that we need to train our bodies to stop unconsciously reaching for our phones.

As a blogger, the majority of my day is spent online. Whether I’m writing a blog post, engaging with the community, or planning something new, I’m constantly on my phone. Which means that I’m also unconsciously reaching for my phone.

But, by limiting myself to only working for certain hours I can force myself to spend less time online and more time in the moment.

And you can do this too.

Understand That Your Device Is Not Going Anywhere

I feel like we all have this little voice in our heads that manipulates us into thinking that our phones are going to grow legs and walk away if we put it down for one second.

But this is not the case. It is completely okay to put down your phone. It’s okay to not respond quickly and it is okay to not spend every hour of your day on social media.

Everything that you can find out now will still be available later on.

Utilize Screen Time

My biggest advice to you is to actually utilize Apple’s Screen Time gadget to block your most used apps.

By blocking the apps you’re preventing yourself from wasting time on your phone.

It’s super easy to do. All you have to do is go into your settings, click app limits and set your desired time for each app.

Or, you can schedule downtime which basically is a set amount of time in which certain apps are blocked which prevents you from going on them.

Whether you limit the time spent on apps or block them completely, you’re still decreasing the amount of time you spend on your phone.

(For Android users, there’s an app called Digital Wellbeing that works just the same!)

Turn Off Notifications

Another great thing to do is to turn off all of your notifications.

Maybe this is a personal thing or maybe everyone goes through this, but I feel that whenever I have my notifications on I feel obligated to see and respond to everything being sent to me.

One day as I was studying for a final, I picked up my phone to scroll through Instagram for a couple of minutes. I put my phone down about 15 minutes afterward and the second I did that I received a text and picked it up right away.

Those 15 minutes turned into 1 hour and then 2 and then 3. Next thing I knew, the sun had gone down and I had yet to get past chapter 1 of my textbook.

The following day I turned off my notifications and actually spent a good 4 hours studying for my final. No phone. No distractions.

The best thing I did for myself was to turn off my notifications. By doing so, I allotted myself some studying time. Which in turn resulted in an A on my final.

Jot Down Everything Instead Of Typing It

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One thing that keeps me on my phone a lot is writing down my ideas and thoughts. The second I get an idea I open up my notes app and write down everything on my mind. But, then I transfer over to Instagram and spend 2 hours looking at memes. And I know that you do this too.

Therefore, instead of writing it down on notes, its time to go old school and grab a pen and paper.

Carry around a notebook so whenever you need to write something down it’s easily accessible rather than whipping out your phone and spending hours on social media.

Develop A New Hobby/Passion

10 times out of 10 the reason you’re on your phone is that you’re bored out of your mind. So why not develop a new hobby?

The same amount of time you spend on your phone can be used towards creating a better life for yourself.

Therefore, I’ve created a list of things you can do to unplug.

  1. Read a book
  2. Write in your journal
  3. Draw
  4. Go on a hike
  5. Ride a bike
  6. Have a picnic with friends
  7. Go to the beach
  8. Try SoulCycling
  9. Go to an amusement park
  10. Go to the pool
  11. Start a bullet journal
  12. Go on a walk
  13. Try out painting
  14. Try out sewing
  15. Take a class
  16. Learn to cook
  17. Workout
  18. Learn to bake
  19. Go to the park with friends
  20. Go for a run
  21. Drive aimlessly
  22. Write a letter to the people you care about
  23. Write a letter to your future self
  24. Take a nap
  25. Go see your doctor/dentist that you’ve refused to see for the past 5 years
  26. Try out a new sport
  27. Create a vision board
  28. Write down your goals and come up with new ones
  29. Create a bucket list
  30. Start a business
  31. Go on dates with your friends
  32. Build a fort
  33. Do chores
  34. Check out thrift stores or book stores
  35. ACTUALLY, HAVE FACE TO FACE INTERACTIONS

There are literally hundreds of things you can do that don’t involve your phone. But no matter what you do, make sure that you enjoy doing it.

Trust me, social media can wait. But the time for yourself, friends, and family? That can’t wait.

It’s time to unplug.

Until next time,

Stay Vibrant & Embrace The Gray

8 Comments

    • tathy

      Exactly !! Being a blogger means always being online but it’s so important to take a step back & do something else. Thank you so much for reading💖

  • Laura

    Really good advice. The boredom section definitely resonated with me. I don’t feel like I’m addicted to my phone, mostly because my phone is a much older model than most people’s so I can’t do as much as fast as the average person. But I do have a hard time keeping myself from wandering when I’m on the computer and really want to get my work done. Even when I’m geared up to write or blog or network, I still find myself distracted just because scrolling mindlessly is a lot easier than doing actual work. Also, what you said about turning off notifications is good advice as well since most of the time the notifications you’re receiving are about items that you couldn’t care less about, but it still sends you down the rabbit hole of distraction. I’m definitely going to try to make myself more aware of this unconscious habit.

    • tathy

      OMG YES !! Scrolling mindlessly is waaay easier than doing actual work. & I don’t know if you do this but sometimes I tell myself “I need a break” just so I can justify being on my phone. We need to break these habits!!

  • Jaya Avendel

    I love these ideas; since I grew up without a phone (and still do not have one), I love jotting things down and always carry around a notebook. I have seen how having a phone can be a constant distraction but it is possible to put it down and engage with humanity without it. Setting yourself time to be online is a great way to do that; I set myself a time for all online activity even though I do not have a phone.

    It is possible to get through a day without constantly checking online life. Try it! 🙂

  • Jackie

    This is definitely something I need to do! Thanks for the great ideas. I’d LOVE to try a Soul Cycling class sometime! Also, I feel like I actually remember things better when I write them down as opposed to typing them in my notes.

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