Is it time for you to digitally detox? It’s always clear after the fact that a digital detox was actually needed. It’s always the after, never the before, but instead of experiencing it after the fact, being intentional about our need to digitally detox can help us stay ahead of burnout and breaks.
Don’t let the “it’s the last month of the year” keep you from the necessary digital detox you need and please don’t think for a second that you have to wait until 1/1 to make changes. This is why it’s important to stay in your own lane and do things at the pace God has intended for you. Someone else’s January 1st start may be your Q2 start; a year can be made new at anytime.
Let’s get into the 17 ways you can digitally detox for a new year.
Ways to Digitally Detox
We have the tendency to try to fit our lives and timelines into that of others when that isn’t what God has for us at all.
A digital detox doesn’t have to be long, but it’s such a great way to check in and see where you are at and begin to prioritize those things.
- Set Screen Time Limits
- Take a morning or evening walk
- Journal, Draw or Doodle
- Do a puzzle
- Try a new recipe
- Unsubscribe from brands and newsletters you’re not reading or shopping
- Reorganize your closet for the upcoming season
- Reorganize your cabinets
- Clean out expired makeup and skincare
- Set up a physical or digital planner
- Shop your closet and solidify a capsule shoe collection for the upcoming season
- Pack up clothes; seasonal and size if you have little ones
- Liven up your space with seasonal decor
- Buy and arrange fresh flowers
- Plan a coffee date with a friend
- Plan a dinner or brunch date with a friend
- Create a wishlist for the upcoming year or first half of the year
As someone who is constantly on my computer and phone for work and personal, I have had to learn to prioritize other things, not because I didn’t know how to, but because it’s easier to just stay attached to your devices. I think we take on this guilt for “not showing up” or showing up in waves and while yes we should of course hold ourselves accountable, there is just so much noise. So much noise is around us and the speed at which this noise gets to us, it can be hard to catch the message that is actually being shared.
I personally have my social time limit as 3 hours, for the day. Threads is the exception, otherwise, I have to make that work every 24 hours. However you feel led to digitally detox, it is definitely worth it and you can do it on a regular basis. This isn’t a one and done experience. Do this as often as you need to.