Great Wake Up Blog: Week #4

And so begins week four of the experiments; this time around with a digital detox of sorts...

Go to the profile of Chris Haigh
Jan 19, 2016
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And so begins week four of the experiments; this time around with a digital detox of sorts. It doesn't mean deciding to spend the week with no emails and no social media which is, frankly, nearly impossible if you're living and/or working in the modern day. The 'digital detox' refers to the decision to trim down on your notifications, ensuring your attention is spliced every thirty seconds by a new ping.

Initially, I was not looking forward to this - as a twentysomething who spends a fair share of time on social media, the idea of cutting down on new arrivals and notifications, potentially missing out on being part of the current conversation.

However, it soon proved to be a welcome change of pace - I stopped checking my phone and tablet when I wasn't working and only when I went onto the applications themselves did I see if anything of note had happened. I read a bit more than normal and by the end of the week, I was even cutting down on the number of times that I reacted to the notifications of work emails, instead choosing to deal with them in batches.

This week's experiment helped, interestingly enough, and it's something I'll be looking to incorporate more into my life. Here's to week five, and to more digital detoxes!

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Go to the profile of Sarah-Kate Goodwin
Sarah-Kate Goodwin over 2 years ago

Batches is certainly the way to go Chris! I certainly find this a better balance

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Ellen Rowlands over 2 years ago

So hard in our modern lives, but a digital detox is well worth it.

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Chris Baréz-Brown about 2 years ago

glad that it resonated. amazing how these behaviours can sneak up on you, a little reset can be super useful. cx