Taking Back Our Lives From Digital Dependency.

I was so connected with the outside world, I started to lose pieces of myself.

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source: instaphazed

Time.

Without even realizing, I was losing precious time. I had trouble bouncing from one project to another. As I said, my job requires me to outsource the social atmosphere for good quality content. Finding content isn’t the hard part, but more so the distractions in-between clicks. Your friends post stories that you just “have” to watch, your favorite brands are consistently putting out content for you to watch… and the clutter continues. A twenty-minute project turns into forty-five minutes.

Applying the “less is more” principle in your digital life:

  • Unclutter your pages. By putting applications in specific folders, your home page will look a lot cleaner. Filtering pages puts you into a position where you only open the apps you need.
  • Mute your following. This simple technique lead to a 40% decrease in social media usage in just one week. On Instagram specifically, you can mute the people you follow by clicking on their profile settings. Don’t worry, they won’t know you shut them out. By doing this, you only see the pages you actually care about.
  • If you like reading newsletters and articles, implement a schedule. To avoid content overload, I made a commitment to only read digital articles in the morning. Implement a routine and stick to it.
  • Next, commit to only a handful of newsletters. There’s a lot of good content out there. Before my cleanse, I was subscribed to 9 different news articles(ones I actually interacted with). Reading those nine articles, processing it, and maybe writing about it can take up an hour of my day. To fix this, I chose the best publishers and committed to only consuming their content. I processed more information and saved half the time.
  • Save time(and storage) by deleting apps you don’t use.
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more folders, less clutter. P.S ignore my 4K inbox, who has time to delete all those messages anyway?

Personality.

This one digs a little deeper into our brains. We’ve all heard the numerous case studies of how relying on digital screens has greatly affected our lives. You have kids sitting on their phones at dinner, google acting as our primary physicians, and “influencers” stunting around the hottest spots in town.

  • I switched out digital devices with books, meditation, magazines, and podcasts. Books replenished my thirst to read. Meditation cleared my head from digital catastrophe. Podcasts, while still requiring me to play through a digital device, I made sure to hit play, plug in my headphones, and do other tasks. Washing dishes? There’s a podcast for that. Gym rat at night? There’s a podcast for that. There’s no doubt that our need to consume content is embedded within us; I’m simply replacing content consumption with ways that don’t require me to stay online.

Results

  • I started to talk and look up more. Over the course of a few weeks, my phone went from being a necessity to a commodity. I internally felt I did not need my phone to move around the world. In fact, I started to prioritize what messages I needed to respond to, which ones could wait, and ones I could simply ignore.
  • Facedown. By keeping my phone facedown on my desk at work, the chances of me being distracted from notifications were eliminated. Sometimes, I even hid my phone.
  • Naturally waking up before my alarm. When committing to no screen time at night, my body felt a lot better waking up in the morning. Some psychological thing I guess… you know the feeling.

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