Taking a digital detox while working remotely
For many of us, technology has enabled us to work from home and stay connected to work, friends and family during this pandemic. In hindsight, it also means that by the end of each day, we’re at risk of suffering from “digital overload”.
Over the years, research on the use of digital devices has shown that for us to do more, we need to use technology a bit less. Even a little digital detox can lead to increased productivity from reducing wasted time, to increased focus and better stress control.
Here are a few tips to kick start a digital detox even while working remotely.
Create a screen-time limit
Turn off/restrict notifications on your devices – it could be as simple as switching off email notifications after work hours or setting your phone to silent with no vibrations for a couple of hours. Start small and set rules that are realistic for you.
Stay Active and Work Out
Exercise is good for your brain, your body, and your mental health. You don’t need a ton of time to reap the benefits. Take a stroll or head out for a run, leave the phone behind and soak in the sights and sounds of your neighbourhood.
Try Tech-Free Lunch Breaks
Our phones are also the repositories of our anxieties and fears. We often feel the need to be 24/7 connected, especially in times of crisis and constant news updates. Peel your eyes away from the screen and give your mind a much-needed break. Instead, pick up a book or listen to a podcast if you don’t want to eat in silence.
Whether it’s a 10 minute or 3 hours of disconnection from technology, you might realize that you have more free time than you think. And really, that’s the biggest benefit of a digital detox.