A Month of Digital Detox

1 Feb 2017

At the beginning of January, I shared my No Resolutions Approach to 2017 and a new project I had set for myself, whereby each month throughout 2017 I would strive to do something, that would ultimately have a positive effect on both my life and myself as a person. For January that was a month of self-care, where I made sure to spend a bit of time each day doing little acts of self-care, something I needed after a drastic festive season. This month, it's time for a month of digital detox.

How to give your life a digital detox

You might be wondering how I'll be able to do a digital detox when my job is working on this very blog, which unsurprisingly means I have to spend time every day using technology and being online. My month of digital detox isn't about completely cutting myself off from the digital world, though, instead just learning to have a healthy balance.

I spend far too much time procrastinating online and that is what I want to change. I'm sure I'm not the only one who can spend hours just scrolling through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, watching YouTube videos or just browsing online, anything in an attempt to avoid your actual day-to-day responsibilities. I want to be able to get through my day without having to check my phone a billion times, particularly when I'm often scrolling through the same content I scrolled through an hour before!

So, how do I plan to go about a digital detox, if I'm not going to completely cut everything out? For starters, I'll be logging out of a few apps on my phone, such as Facebook and Twitter, although I'll be staying logged into Instagram as that's the only one I can't update from the PC. I also want to turn off mobile notifications for all my apps except for my emails. My goal by the end of February would, ideally, be to have removed a few social media apps from my phone. Ultimately I think this will have a positive effect on my productiveness on a day-to-day basis, as it means I will have to set aside a specific time each day to use the PC to get work done, rather than scrolling through my phone constantly. 

I also want to turn off technology at a certain time each day. Now, with my PC and/or laptop that isn't going to apply because on work days I can be working up until 8 pm and in general, I get a lot of blog work and admin done at night. My phone and Samsung tablet on the other hand? I want to start turning them off WiFi and mobile data wise, so that in the evenings, say after 8pm, I am not tempted to be checking for notifications or spending my time chatting online when I could be getting work done or even fulfilling more daily acts of self-care by doing a little bit of pampering or taking time to read a book.

Ideally, by the end of February, I want to be in a position where I can say 'I'm not addicted to checking my phone because I do spend a lot of time with my phone glued to my hand and I do waste a lot of time I could be doing something productive. This is also something I think, and hope, will benefit our entire family long term, as although I never use the laptop around Willow and I try to avoid overusing my phone around her, I do do it more than I would like and it's not something I want her to see as a norm. 

I have a feeling this month will be harder than January when all I had to worry about was making sure I took at least 5 minutes a day for myself. I will still be making sure I carry out little acts of self-care as I do think that doing so in January had a hugely positive effect, so hopefully tying that in with my digital detox will make things a little easier!

Want to get involved? Make sure you're following me on Instagram @TattooedTealadyTwitter @TattooedTealady and Facebook 'Tattooed Tealady', where I will share how I am getting on throughout the Month of Project. For February I'll be using the hashtags '#TTLMonthOf ' and '#TTLMonthofDigitalDetox'. If you're joining in and making February a Month of Digital Detox too, then make sure you share how you're getting along with me, feel free to use the hashtags too, let me know you are digitally detoxing your life and what you want to gain from your Month of Digital Detox.