As much as I love technology and find it hard to drag myself away from my laptop and phone, over the last year or so I have found it increasing beneficial to take myself offline and reduce the amount of time I spend on all of my devices.
I found this really tough at first as it felt like something was missing… as if I was missing out on something! My first teaching diploma specialised in teaching information technology, my my, how we have come far since I first started teaching IT in the early 90’s.
As time progressed, my dependancy on technology progressed to a point where my phone was managing all parts of my life, did I say managing? It felt more like taking over. Don’t get me wrong, I still depend on technology to help me be productive and eliminate a lot of my grunt work in my business.
It got to the point where I was so stressed out and my health was suffering that I started pulling away from technology and found that doing a digital detox for a week whilst I took time out for much needed rest and relaxation, I found my life starting to balance out again.
I no longer walk whilst listening to a podcast or audio book, instead I listen to these whilst driving or doing chores round the house. I also listen to an audio book whilst going to sleep. I set up a sleep timer for this to go off after 30 minutes. I have also started ready physical books again.. I find it great to be able to take a marker and highlight text and write notes in it too!
I now no longer feel the need to take my laptop with me on holiday, (this came about as my MacBook Air died) and found my MacBook Pro a little too heavy to take with me. And do you know what? I started living in the present moment! I came back from holiday feeling that I actually had a holiday! Looking back to when I took holidays before the event of all this technology I can remember switching totally off and come back feeling totally refreshed and energised. I must admit though taking a phone to help you find your way after getting lost in a foreign country a godsend!
During the week and at weekends, I only check my email once mid morning. I check into social media a couple of times during the day during my working hours and turn off all notifications whilst I am working on my projects. For blogging I use Mars Edit, and focus on the task in hand.
It seems the more I digital detox, the more focused and contented I feel, although I must admit it was really hard and felt incredibly strange to start with, my life now seems less overwhelming, I am more productive and feel more in control of my life. I love the sound of bird song when I am doing my morning walk, and over the summer I have witnessed fantastic sunrises, seen deer up close, foxes, in fields and a great sense of being alive again.
Have you started to detox digitally? If so how did you start and what benefits have you found from doing so?
Kaz started out teaching over 30 years ago teaching IT in a local college, she then set up her own training business before teaching teachers and assessors online 10 years ago.
Today she helps people to plan, build and sell their online courses and when she is not working, you will find her in the great outdoors.