Digital Detoxing and Decluttering

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I’ve heard a lot of people talk about “Digital Detoxing” over the last few months but I didn’t really give it much thought until one afternoon a few weeks ago when I literally lost. my. shit.

12 emails. 29 FB notifications. A “your dragons are awake! Come play merge dragons!” alert. An alert to take the mid-day break that I ignored.

It was too much. too much. too much.

And like any person who struggles with addiction knows — there’s a point at which you realize you need help.

That day was my wake-up call as I was so close to chucking my phone out the car window and driving over it.

All my research led me to this decision: I’m going to attempt to do digital detoxes on a regular basis while also committing to decluttering my digital life. I think the go hand in hand, actually. As the number of apps and files and emails and photos accumulate…so do my stress levels. So I think decluttering is an essential part of getting to a solid digital detoxing regime.

What does that mean for me?

It means shits about to get pretty real.

It also means you get to read about it as it’s happening.

A little background to set the scene for my posts in this series:

  • I’ll be going through a course that was highly recommended to me called Digital Zen by Superhuman Academy. The course aims to help you understand where you are, where you want to be and then teach you how to get there.

  • I’ll also be utilizing a mashup of different apps to assist in my digital detoxing. I will explain what each one is and how it works as I get to it myself.

  • I’ll be experimenting with the Medium “Series” functionality even though I’m not entirely sure I know what I’m doing or how the series really works. Guess we’ll learn as we go, huh?

Okay, so there we have it. For someone who literally lives and breathes next to her computer, iPad, and iPhone… this already feels like an insurmountable challenge.

But I know myself better than that. I can do it. And if I can do it — maybe, you can too?