As a CRM User, it might feel hard to step away from digital environments while you’re on vacation this summer, or out of the office enjoying the weekend in general, and even just when you’re going home at night to be with your family or enjoy alone time in your one-bedroom apartment.
However, there are many benefits to digital detoxing that you should work on to live a more balanced life while you’re away from work. The more effort you make to digitally detox, the happier you will be – trust us!
These tips aren’t just for CRM Users, though, but for anyone who interacts frequently with digital environments. (And, let us just say, in today’s world, if that isn’t you, we’re very surprised.)
Experts say when you disconnect from digital, you reconnect.
Don’t be afraid to step away from your devices. When you can disconnect, you should.
Here are some ways and benefits of digitally detoxing that will convince you to put your screens to sleep when they don’t need to be on:
1. Establish a Limit for Digital Interactions
Quitting cold turkey on your digital interactions and devices can seem like a daunting task, but you don’t have to give everything up at once.
When you’re starting your digital detox, limit yourself to the amount of time you can use your gadgets every day. For example, you may opt to start with only 30 minutes on your laptop and 45 minutes of phone time.
When you restrict the amount of time you use technology, you open yourself up to more active and creative activities.
Be realistic about your limitations. Don’t overshoot. You know you and your habits best. Don’t compare your usage to others’.
What works for you, won’t work the same for your co-worker, best friend, or spouse, as an example.
Even better, when you digitally detox as a family, or with your partner or group of co-workers, you’re more likely to succeed as you keep each other in check and develop deeper friendships as you go.
You have the ability to develop deeper friendships when you step away from screens.
2. Change One Bad Habit at a Time
This step ties closely to the first but offers additional reassurance that you don’t have to give up everything at once. Slowly back away from your technology and cut out things one by one.
Cold turkey doesn’t work for everyone. If it does for you, great, but if not, make a commitment to yourself to drop one bad technology habit at a time.
So, for example, if you find it difficult to give up your phone over family dinner, try cutting that out first. Or, maybe you find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed late at night before bed, and, before you know it, it’s midnight!
Make time for conversation over dinner, and your health at night. Don’t lose your interpersonal skills or wellbeing to the ease of technology.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Power off your devices when you sleep. Don’t let yourself check your phone each night you roll over and look at your nightstand.
Give it up. Commit to your rest time. It’s essential for good health!
It’s not time to check Facebook when you’re lying in bed at night. Don’t disrupt your R.E.M. to see if your best friend liked your latest photo on Facebook. Do you really need to know this right now, anyway?
During sleep, it’s time to let your body heal and rejuvenate for when you return to work on Monday, not catch up on your digital social life. Give your brain, body, and social media a break. Put the phone away and enjoy the comfort of your pillow.
4. Stop “Googling” Everything
In the middle of a conversation, when you and your buddies don’t know the answer to something or the conversation becomes dull, don’t let yourselves look away from each other to check your phones for answers.
Browsing the Web is a proven conversation killer. You’re missing out on key conversations in your relationships when you look at your phone to avoid awkward moments.
Look for a creative turning point in a conversation. If you don’t know something, move on to the next topic, or suggest a group activity.
When you become too reliant on technology, you don’t just rely on it for answers, but even “human” connection. Let us reassure you, there is nothing like the face-to-face value of good conversation. Technology will never replace the wealth that human relationships bring you.
Turn your phones off when you get home at night, on the weekend, or during vacations. Enjoy your loved ones and your life outside of the digital realm. Open your eyes to reality and away from screen time.
5. Improve Your Memory
When you digitally detox, you improve your memory day by day, because, as you become less reliant on technology, you check your brain for answers instead of the notepad in your iPhone.
After a few days, when you lessen the distraction of technology of your life, you become more in-tune with your authentic self. Technology has the ability to dilute individuality and participation in one’s own life as it applies pressure to “be like everyone else” or fit into lifestyles that aren’t really as they appear.
For example, that Instagram picture of a friend looking “perfect” on a boat in the middle of a lake, enjoying their life, never tells the whole story.
You never know what anyone is going through, and, if you don’t disconnect and get to know more about people and what’s going on in their lives, you may never feel wholly connected to the world.
Over-using technology and social media feeds narcissism while contributing to insomnia, making people less empathetic and more self-absorbed.
All of these self-health benefits are good for the short and long-term payoff.
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