Anyone that knows me, knows that I frequently over use the phrase…
Please get off your phone.
Get off your phone now.
I find technology to be a necessary evil. I depend on it, my work is all around social media, but I also need time away from it.
As do my kids.
Because I don’t want them to walk down the street, head in their phone. I don’t want them to only be able to interact via emojis rather than words. And I certainly don’t need them to be in tech throughout their holidays!
This summer, we managed about 70% of our holiday tech free.
Next year I am going for 100%!!
Opodo provides guidance for families planning digital detox holidays , I have already learnt much from them. My focus next year is to find a location that has patchy signal. It is impossble to get online when you don’t have signal!
Have a camera not a phone
I find that having my phone as a camera is a tad problematic. You don’t mean to check that email, but it flashed up when you were getting a picture of the kids and then you got sucked in.
So next year, I am taking an old phone whose purpose is solely to capture memories rather than interfere with creating them.
Switch off from work
Out of offices are great inventions. They manage other peoples expectations of you. Put one on! You can have it on both work and personal accounts – keep people in the loop and no one will get frustrated. Work will survive without you.
It shouldn’t be a challenge taking time off to relax, but it will take discipline.
If I can do it – anyone can!
For more ideas on how to achieve a digital detox, check out this fab infographic.
In collaboration with Opodo