Spiders weave webs with purpose.
They are the master of their lives and are in control
of how they spend it!
When humans weave webs they usually trap us!
Do you weave your own digital web of trapsville?
Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Email & more
Is your mind constantly jumping from one thought to another?
Do you frequently multi-task? Not enough hours in the day?
You seem to work away all day but not really get anywhere?
Ever start doing one thing and hours later find yourself doing
another having never completed your original task?
Do you have trouble relaxing? At bed time do you have trouble
finding the OFF switch for your mind?
Are you still checking your phone when you go to bed and is it the first
thing you look at when you wake up?
Are you keeping up with ALL aspects of your life?
Are you living in the present? Are you noticing what is happening around
you each day? Do you know what is going on in the day-to-day lives of those you love?
If any of the above rings a bell for you
I recently took a two-week break away from the blog. Over the last couple of years, I have learnt to tune in and listen to my body, mind and spirit and know when I needed some self-care, alone time, some company, fresh air, etc. Recently, I knew I was not functioning at my best and that I needed to take action. I needed a Digital Detox and so I took some time out from my blog and all my usual blog related activities (except for a few pics I posted to Instagram). It may not have been the best move for the success of my blog, but it was the best move for the success of me. Also, my blog is all about health and well-being, whereby I encourage tuning in and getting to know ourselves in order to best achieve balance of mind, body and spirit and the ultimate goal of peace and happiness! Therefore, I believe that I should lead by example by walking my talk!
One major thing I have learnt recently is that whilst I love blogging, unless you make a schedule (or plan) and stick to it, the amount of screen time involved can easily become too much and unhealthy! Sitting at a computer and on the phone participating in social media can be super draining, very absorbing and very distracting! So much time can be wasted! You can be easily distracted from the task at hand and taken off on a tangent and before you know it hours have passed and little has been achieved!
I believe that this social media world that we live in these days consumes so much of us that we risk neglecting other aspects of our life that are important to our health and well-being. I also think that being constantly switched on and connected on-line means that our brains are constantly ON and CROWDED and NOISY and that we need to ensure that we give our minds time to be OFF, ALONE and QUIET. This is not only important for introverts but also extroverts. Yep – all of us!
Getting the amount of screen time and social media time right can be tricky as the distractions are left, right and centre and let’s face it, as bloggers we all want to do well and some of us even suffer with FOMO! 😉 All jokes aside, I think the key is to have a plan and stick to it. For example:
- Schedule time for writing blog posts and keep all other social media shut down for the duration (no distractions)
- Schedule time for editing and scheduling of blog posts and editing of images (no social media distractions)
- Choose your favourite social media’s and stick to them, discard the ones that don’t float your boat
- Schedule time for checking social media and/or posting to it
- Schedule time for reading blog posts and commenting
- Schedule time for responding to comments on your own blog posts
- Schedule time for checking and responding to emails, and
- MOST IMPORTANTLY – SCHEDULE REGULAR DIGITAL DETOX TIME – no computers, no checking social media on your phones, no technology!!
Why? Because life is for living and too much technology and screen time takes away from that. We need to get the balance right.
Below I have listed 10 good reasons to introduce regular Digital Detox time into your life – 10 suggested ways to spend your Digital Detox time that will assist in achieving a healthier you!
Do you have a Digital Detox strategy in place? I didn’t but now I will. I felt the benefits from my recent break away (even if I did still post a pic occasionally to Instagram). I broke free from my digital web of trapsville and a Digital Detox strategy will help keep me free!
How often should we have a Digital Detox? It will differ from person to person. You may like to have a part of each day that is technology free – like no computer or phone for at least 2 hours after getting up in the morning and 2 hours before bed at night etc. You may like a weekly technology free ‘Digital Detox’ day. You might like a whole ‘Digital Detox’ weekend now and then. It might be a case of trial and error until you find what works best for you. As well as having a regular Digital Detox strategy in place, I think we could all benefit from unplugging for a Digital Detox when we are away on holidays! I know that aside from the occasional photograph posted to Instagram, I will be having a fabulous Digital Detox when I am away in Tasmania. I want no distractions from fully feeling and experiencing my first time ever in Tasmania!
I think our modern world has become a wee bit dangerous with our addiction to technology and gadgets. I love them as much as the next person but they can take away from good old fashioned communication and time spent with family and friends – if we let them! We’re also not designed to spend so much time sitting, and excessive screen time is not good for our eyes and it interferes with our melatonin levels causing sleep problems. Just like food – all in moderation I say!
Let’s be masters of our digital lives by weaving balanced digital webs with purpose that are under our control! We can’t let those spider’s beat us! 😉
Ciao for now,
Postscript: Since this post was written, I went on to develop a series of posts based on the 10 points listed above. You can read those here:
- Declutter your mind
- Reconnect with the present
- Conduct a self-audit
- Get outdoors in nature
- Chip away at those extra elusive little chores
- Spend some time with your loved ones
- Read a book
- Move that body
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