If you are not keeping track of how much time you have been spending online, now is a good time to start doing it. You might be surprised with how many hours of non-work related stuff you end up doing while on the internet. While you do not have to do something drastic like going offline for the rest of your life, you still need time to take a break from excessive online consumption. If you are ready to take on the challenge of going on a digital diet, here are some ways to do it without going crazy.
Turn off notifications
Notifications are among the biggest time vampires, if left unchecked. You may think that taking a quick look every time you get a notification will not amount to much of your time. But checking every notification you get at any given day can have a cumulative impact on your productivity. It could also add up to the time you spend online. Turning off notifications on your computer and smartphone not only limits distractions. It will also help in keeping you on a digital diet.
Avoid the social media trap
It is easy to get stuck on social media. You access your account to check a friend’s post or read the news and the next thing you know you have been there for over an hour. There are just so many things happening and random things to find on social media that will get you hooked in no time.
Set aside some time offline
Disconnecting is easier said than done when you always have your devices within reach. If you want to go on a digital diet, consider setting aside some time offline away from your computer, smartphone, and other gadgets. Leave your smartphone behind and go for a short walk. Or do something fun that will take your mind off checking emails and messages.
Start a new hobby
Doing something new requires focus which is a great way to shift your attention away from the digital world. Start a new hobby that allows you to explore and learn new things away from the internet. Join a book club, sign up for cooking class; grow an edible garden, or anything that you find interesting enough to spend time working on.
Work on a project
Taking on a digital diet challenge is a good way to start working on a personal project. Do something that you may have wanted to do for so long but did not have the time to pursue. Or you can start crossing off items on your bucket list. Devote the time offline on things that will help you grow personally or professionally.