Taking a break from technology isn’t easy. When I made the decision I realized the world didn’t stop. The mail was still delivered. The sprinklers came on at the right time. Everything we think has to be done right now usually doesn’t. PBS Mediashift has tips I’ve used in my executive coaching:
- First, get yourself a traditional alarm clock.
- Gather family or friends over a meal and bring up the topic of unplugging. Ask what they think about it. Discuss the merits. Discuss the downfalls.
- Set achievable goals for yourself. First try unplugging for an hour after you get home from work. Sit and share a dinner with your partner or family without digital distractions.
- Put the phone out of sight. Designate a basket or place or cupboard where devices are stashed during unplugged time.
- Make a plan for what you will do when you do unplug. You will feel anxious and reach for your missing phone. You may even feel a phantom buzzing in your pocket. It helps to have something fun to do.
- Eat dinner without disruption.
- Have a member of the family hide the other persons’ tech devices until the end of the 24-hour period (or time period decided in advance). Play the hot and cold game to find the hidden digital devices at the end of the unplugging time.
Read full article via Tips for Unplugging and What to Do Once You Do | Mediashift | PBS.
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