If you've ever felt like you're a slave to your digital device, caught up in a never-ending cycle of constantly checking your email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or just when you take a minute to step away -- Ping! -- another notification pops up to pull you back in, then this episode of She Takes on the World TV is for you!
So, you've probably read diet and nutrition books, you know what Wheat Belly is and you've got a green juice practice that would make Kris Carr proud. But what about a digital diet? Have you ever taken one of those?
To stop the digital madness, it is so important that we take time to disconnect once in a while. (Click to tweet!)
More than once, I've gone offline for a full week, and the results are always mind-blowing. It's led to huge increases in my productivity when I return to work, and guess what? My business keeps on growing without me.
Today, I want to show you how to plan for a digital diet so you, too, can enjoy the sweet freedom that comes from disconnecting for a bit. Grab a pen and paper and join me for the video below.
To recap, there are three important steps you need to take to get ready for your digital diet:
1. Prepare. This step is all about reducing the temptation to check in "just this once." Your prep might include any or ALL of these ideas, depending on how tempted you are!
- Block websites by blocking sites using a plug-in like RescueTime.
- Unplug your laptop and put it somewhere out of sight like the trunk of your car or even giving it to a friend to hold on to for a few days.
- Delete social media apps from your phone and turn off email notifications.
2. Plan for non-digital activities (but don't Google them!) Before you start your digital diet, have a stockpile of things to do -- like reading books (real ones, on paper), taking yoga classes, road-tripping to a new city, trying a new recipe, writing letters or even going to a Scandinavian steam spa (one of my personal favorites).
3. Set an auto-responder on your email. If you're planning on being offline for several business days, make sure you alert clients ahead of time and set up an email auto-responder so they're not worried that you've dropped off the face of the earth.
I know this all might sound a little extreme, but a digital diet will increase your energy, amp up your creativity and help you center on what matters most. So, get to it! Just resist the urge to tweet about it.
Your actionable this week is to choose just one day this month to go on a digital diet. I'm a big believer in baby steps! Circle it on your calendar and start planning fun, non-digital things to fill your day. Then leave a comment below to let me know what you're going to do with all your free time!