Canela PR’s Top Tips on how to detox digitally and improve your productivity
January is all about detoxing in order to get rid of the excesses of the Christmas season. And talking of excesses why not treat your mind, eyes and soul to a digital detox. We suggest you do something that can be beneficial both for your personal and professional life: Canela PR’s highly recommended Digital Detox Diet. Follow these simple steps and in just seven days you will improve your productivity, reduce stress and make the most of digital technologies. You have to try it!
One out of three Spanish people suffers from technostress, a disorder caused by a continuous exposure to Internet, mobile phones or teleworking. Some of the symptoms are anxiety, insomnia, and muscular pain, among others. Does this sound familiar? This problem is becoming pretty serious, so much so that in France and Germany there are some working groups dedicated to winning the right to digital disconnection. There are even hotels which offer special “digital detox” packs (digital detoxification), as explained here by The Wall Street Journal they consist of deposing all electronic devices in a strongbox and relax in rooms without Wi-Fi, TV or telephone. Sounds tempting?
That said, it is not necessary to lock yourself away from the world in order to achieve peace.
With these seven steps, set out below, you can achieve it without big efforts. This is our digital detox diet to help you be the one who controls technology, not vice versa!
Day 1: Deactivate messenger and social media notifications
According to different studies, we dedicate two hours every day to check social media and various messenger apps. It’s constant notifications can distract you from what you´re doing even though the message is not important: the latest video o cute kittens or WhatsApp group with friends can wait, don´t you think so? On your first day of a digital detox diet, deactivate notifications of all these services or configure them to receive one daily update.
Day 2: Unsubscribe from all newsletters you´re not interested in
One of the principal causes of technostress is “information” noise: every day we receive a lot of information we don´t need. The solution? Unsubscribe from all newsletters, alerts, subscriptions, etc. that you´re not interested in or opt for a weekly digest of all. Tools like Unroll.me cancel automatically any subscription you don´t need. Another option is to create a folder in your e-mail account to archive these messages and see them when you have time.
Day 3: Get used to checking your e-mail just three times a day
The third day of digital detoxification is reserved for an important step: stop reading e-mails as soon as you receive them. Do you know that an average user receives 42 e-mails per day? This means interrupting your workday every 12 minutes to see them! Change the chip: check your e-mail when you start to work, before or after the lunch and at the end of the day. And deactivate notifications of your inbox.
Day 4: Protect your identity on the Internet to avoid spam and invasive advertisements
Webpages, social networks, apps, etc. are great, but they have their cost: they pick up information about you that companies use later to send you advertisements or chase you with annoying ads based on your activity on the Internet. Still, there is something worse: relentless data pursuit, etc. To assure your peace, think well before you upload or share things on the Internet, configure privacy options on your social media accounts and use safe tools for surfing the web.
Day 5: Create your own personalized media of communication according to your interests
Paradoxically, the technology may be your best ally in your digital detox diet. Instead of wasting time entering every day online media, blogs, etc. that you like reading, use tools to select and filter information. For example, with Flipboard you can create a customized digital magazine with topics you choose; RSS aggregators allow you to follow the media that you´re interested in; and there are apps to receive news à la carte.
Day 6: Save your favourite articles to consult later, even without connection
Almost all Internet browsers have a “read offline” option which allows you to download content and consult later even when you´re not connected. It´s great, for example, to read when you´re travelling by tube that incredibly interesting article that you don´t have time to check at the moment because it will distract you from the tasks you have to finish. Another advantage is that when you open it, ads and external links, that take you from one page to another for hours won´t be annoying you.
Day 7: Disconnect your gadgets for one whole day per week
You´ve probably heard the statistic urban legend that we check our phones 150 times per day. It may be an exaggeration but it´s true that we´re constantly looking at our phone and for the messages that appear on the screen. It´s time to take the last step in your digital detoxification diet: once a week, for example on Sundays, put your mobile phone, tablet and laptop into a drawer and try not to look at them until night. How does that make you feel? Nervous?
Try our digital detoxification diet and let us know how it went. Tell us about it!