Sadly, I don’t have a time machine. There still aren’t enough hours in the day and I’m still not getting anywhere near enough sleep or exercise.
That said, I had a bit of a brainwave to help me to make the best of the time I do have. I say a brainwave. It was staring me in the face all along – literally.
I regularly read about people doing a digital detox. Walking away from their phones or disabling their Facebook profiles.
I quite like the idea of this, but it’s not for me. So much of my work is based around social media that I just couldn’t take either of these options.
So, I’ve done the next best thing.
Every time I receive a marketing email or any other sort of email that is of no consequence to me, I am taking the time to unsubscribe instead of just deleting.
If I’m on a PR’s mailing list for a product that is of no interest to me, I’m taking the time to politely ask them to remove me from their list.
If I comment on a Facebook post and there are lots of responses, I untag myself from notifications.
I do get involved in conversations on both Facebook and Twitter, but only when I’m on the computer.
I’ve been taking this approach for about a week now. I’m receiving hardly any junk emails and my phone goes off perhaps three or four times in a morning rather than once every few minutes.
So when I’m with the girls, I’m with them.
I’ve really noticed a change in the dynamic since doing this. I feel less stressed and the girls are getting more of my attention.
When we’re outdoors, I notice my surroundings more than before. That’s despite the fact that I usually have two children and two dogs with me.
The one thing that I do still use regularly on my phone is my camera. I actually find that this helps to focus me on enjoying the moment.
This moment, for example.
Of course not.
Actually, I’m using social media more. I’ve started to manage a twitter account for a local music festival, I’m running my business and blog twitter accounts and Facebook pages and putting a couple of photos on Instagram every day.
I’m just being careful about when I do it.
I don’t feel like I’m doing more when I’m on the computer, I just feel like I’m less attached to my phone when I’m not working. And that is a brilliant feeling.
Have you done a digital detox or do you think it’s completely unnecessary? I’d love to hear your thoughts.