Are you overwhelmed by our “always-on,” interconnected digital world? Then, it may be time for a digital detox!
In this article, learn three steps to reduce the clutter of everyday business and life, thus making you more productive when it counts!
Face it, folks, we live in an extraordinarily overwhelming and interconnected world. Our phones, cellphone, tablets, laptops, and desktops all seem to disrupt and distract us at all times.
That’s the world we live in.
So the key is finding balance in your life. Finding that space to be able to do a digital detox and get grounded again.
Some people do it through exercise, some through being ‘one’ or getting out into nature. Whatever it is that works for you, a digital detox is critically important to stay grounded and not get that overwhelmed feeling. It’s not a good feeling. You know what I’m talking about.
Especially with things like social media these days. Oh my goodness, the information just doesn’t shut down. That’s where we need to take control. We need to lead and shut it down once in a while. That’s what I mean when I say a digital detox.
So here are three steps you can take:
STEP 1: Get Remote
Get out of your element. Get out of your space. Get away from where people are going to hunt you down.
It’s like when, “we’ve got a fire going on, and we need your help! We need you involved.” You have to get some space where you can have some “me” time. It doesn’t mean that you have to get on a plane and fly to a remote island, but if that’s what you need to do, then that’s what you need to do.
Or you can do what I do. One of the things that I do is very early in the morning—before my wife, and kids get up—is spend some time out in the yard. Especially when there is warm weather,
I will go outside, grab a seat, and I’ll just sit where I don’t really hear anything other than the lake behind me and white noise from the fountain as they turn on early in the morning—the birds chirping—the breeze blowing.
Get remote! Find that space for yourself.
STEP 2: Get Quiet
The second key or the second step that I want you to take is to get quiet.
That means don’t lug your cell phone with you. Don’t check your email. Don’t text anyone. Get quiet! Don’t listen to music—listening to the birds chirping that’s different. Nature is fine.
The key is to get quiet. So you’re remote now, and you are quiet now.
STEP 3: Just "Be"
The third step is just be! Just Be!
Let your mind wander, listen to the birds chirping if that’s where you are. If you choose to have your digital detox time while jogging or walking or running—wonderful. I do that all the time. I’ll get quiet, and I’ll just go for a morning walk/jog.
It’s perfect “me” time.
Final Thoughts on Digital Detox
Let’s sum up those steps for you: