Digital Detox Lite: A Follow Up Report
A couple of weeks ago, I shared my plans to continue Digital Detox Lite as an everyday part of my life. I made a checklist designed to limit my time online to two hours a day, and I charged into digital detox as my new normal. (You can find the checklist here: Andra’s Digital Detox Lite Checklist.)
How have I done?
For the most part, I’ve managed to keep my online time to two hours or less per day, not including work-related things for which clients actually pay me. Until I got into a rhythm with my schedule, it might’ve taken me an hour and a half to get a session done, but as I’ve gotten comfortable, I can get most things done in one hour, twice a day.
What’s changed during my time online?
- I don’t waste time. I have one hour, twice a day, to get everything done. No more scrolling through celebrity sites. Almost no mindless browsing of social media sites. I don’t land on a page and immediately get distracted by something else, only to wake up twenty minutes later and remember what I came there for in the first place. I get a lot more done in less time, because I am constantly mindful of the purpose behind my online visits.
- I am obscenely productive. My strategy to open only one browsing tab at a time is genius. Really, it is. Tasks like reading email now take no time. It used to take me thirty minutes or more, because of constant distractions from Google+ and other social media tabs dinging and donging along the top of my screen. When I visit Twitter, I know why I am there, and I do what I came to do. Same with WordPress, Google+ or any other online platform.
- I have more depth in my online interactions. I used to scurry to read as many things as I could in a day. Now, I get to what I can in the time I have, and I savor what I read. I enjoy making thoughtful comments and interacting with people. I may not get to every blog every day, but I feel a greater connection to the people in the blogging community. I’ve realized that’s more important than statistics.
- I almost never peruse my iPhone when I’m out and about. This one is huge for me. Rather than being glued to a screen every time I have a free second, I let my mind wander. I watch people. Eavesdrop on conversations. Enjoy the life that’s going on around me. I’ve had some real creative epiphanies over the past couple of weeks. You will get to see them sometime soon.
Those are a few of the positive impacts of adopting Digital Detox Lite as a lifestyle. Tomorrow, I’ll be realistic with a list of negatives.