For 1 day every month, I switch off. Literally!
I don’t consume any form of digital content, my phone is set to receive important phone calls only, sound set to loud and kept far away.
I turn off the TV, no radio, no newspapers, nothing! I am in a world of my own for 24 hours, just me, my thoughts and a notepad.
I am not alone though, a third of UK adults admit to having taken a digital detox in the past 12 months.
I do this mostly on weekends, if I have to commute I don’t even listen to music.
I like to make the most of every second of my day. Any weekend commute, if at all, will most likely be to London and a one-way trip takes around 40 minutes. I see this as an ideal time to set the day’s agenda. However, if its digital detox day, then its notepad only. And, I am afraid I won't be setting any agendas, not digitally at least.
If I don’t keep on top of things, then Bad Things will happen, right?
Wrong! Quite the opposite in fact.
Once I switch off and enter this world of mine, I start to notice everything; nature, the sun, houses, animals and life in general.
These are things I wouldn't normally notice, especially if I had my head down staring at my mobile or if I was working on some sort of device, pounding away at the keyboard.
It probably doesn’t matter to anyone else that I am starting to notice stuff.
But, it’s made me happier to actually see what is going on around me. I live in Surrey, plenty of green out here.
Another thing that a digital detox does for me, is helping me find my creative mojo.
Being able to switch off and actually see the world around me, evolving at its own pace has a huge effect on my work for the day/week/month ahead.
I’m super busy. Aren’t we all? My head is full of issues to resolve, problems to solve, things to work out. But, it all seems to make sense after a digital detox.
By switching off for one a whole day each month, I’ve given my head the space to resolve and solve.
You know what; since I started doing this digital detox, every last day of the month, I’ve been working with more clarity.
Here’s the thing – we spend most of our day filling our heads with stuff. We’re bombarded with information, questions and decisions:
Cute animal videos on Youtube.
Someone beating-the-shit out of someone else on Facebook.
A 140-character argument on Twitter.
More (10-20 second) storytelling platforms than actual stories to tell
Numerous call to actions; sign up for this life-changing 7 figure course!
TV, radio and print? Same old same old...
Amongst many other digital distractions and all in quick time, too.
So, we must give ourselves time to reflect. Time to think and consider. Because disconnecting and re-connecting from the digital noise must surely help us be better?
I am currently flirting with the idea doing a digital detox every week.
As much as I’d like to put some scientific proof behind this, I can’t; but it’s just a sixth sense.