Now that 2017 is here, the New Year is the perfect excuse to start afresh. So why not do your own digital detox?

First, you need to ask yourself if you’re addicted to technology: did you know that 1 in 4 people spend more time online than sleeping, and 73% of people said they would struggle to go a whole day without checking their phone or computer – with the average person checking their phone 200 times a day! Does this sound like you? If you answered yes to most of these, here’s our top digital detox tips!

Keep track of your digital use

Put together a list of all your digital devices, and how often you use them. Also put together another list with all the things you’d like to get done in a day, and compare these up against each other. This will make you use your time more effectively and are truly present in the moment.

Cap your usage

The likelihood is that you will spend most of your day using a computer whilst you’re at work, and this coupled with spending time on own digital devices means you’re clocking up hours upon hours of online time. So, if you limit your usage to just 1 hour of social media a day, for example, you will be able to focus on, and enjoy, spending time with real people!

It’s a step by step process

You can’t expect to go from checking your emails hourly to once a week, nor can you expect to go 2 weeks without social media if you’re used to spending 3 hours on it everyday. Your goals need to be realistic in order for you to achieve them. The less time you spend on your digital devices, the more easier and gradual the detox will be.

Comparison is the thief of joy!

A wise person once said that comparison is the thief of joy, and therefore you will never be happy if you’re comparing your life to other people’s This is especially true when it comes to social media. Whenever you’re out doing something, stop yourself from posting about it on social media. You will be able to absorb what’s going on a lot better! (P.S. if you’re a fan of Black Mirror, the first series three episode Nosedive explains and relates to this concept brilliantly!)

Get someone to detox with you

Things are always better together, so why not buddy up with someone on your digital detox? You will have a bit of friendly competition which will serve as your motivation!

If you’re doing a digital detox, let us know more by tweeting @SleepingGiantM


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