Why You Should Unplug More Often
- If you spend less time checking your phone, you can spend more time focused on yourself. You can use the time to relax and treat yourself to something like a long, hot bath.
- And you can spend more time working on your “real life” relationships. By turning off our devices, we can provide our undivided attention to our friends, family, and significant others.
- You’ll worry less about what other people are doing. When you unplug, you’ll be less likely to experience FOMO. You’ll stop stressing over what other people are posting. It’s unhealthy to focus so much on what other people are up to and more important to focus on what’s right for you.
- You can shut out the negativity. There is so much negativity online these days, whether it’s from news articles or comments on social media. It’s not good to constantly expose yourself to such negativity, although it’s unrealistic to think we can avoid it entirely. Don’t let yourself be swayed by the negativity online. Unplug and tune out those negative vibes.
- By unplugging you’ll be more productive at work. No more dropping everything to check your messages or the latest Periscope broadcast. It’s not productive to jump back and forth between tasks. Give your work all of your attention and tune out everything else that’s unimportant in the moment.
- By putting down the phone, you’ll be able to be fully present in the moment that’s going on right then and there. You won’t miss out on what’s going on in real life.
- If you’re constantly connected, it’s basically like you have open office hours. When people see you responding to emails at 11 pm, they’re going to think it’s okay to email you that late. It shouldn’t be! Unless you’ve got some super important job where you have to be available 24/7, you should log off at the end of each work day. Whether you work a day job or you’re your own boss, set hours and stick to them. When it’s time to clock out, turn off those email notifications and don’t sign into your inbox anymore.
Tips to Help You Unplug
If you’re anything like me, you check your emails, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat before you even get out of bed. But it’s time for that to stop! Instead, start your morning without checking your phone first. Create a daily routine that doesn’t involve emails or social media until after you’ve gotten out of bed and are ready for the day.
If you can, turn off notifications during work so you aren’t tempted to see what people are posting. Dropping everything to check your messages isn’t great for your productivity. And remember: no emails after-hours!