Do Yourself This Favor: Technology Cleanse

New disorders have been named to accommodate the growing number of people dependent on specific technologies; World of Warcraft and other video games, Facebook, Smartphones at dinner, Candy Crush, and more. Anyone remember the craze for the most addicting Facebook game of all, Farmville ?! Most Americans can say they would like to be less attached to their technology. Screen time has been known to cause sleep disturbances, and with job mobility it becomes more and more intrusive of our personal time. You can set limits, and a cleanse of the priming technology could be exactly what the doctor ordered to start living in the real world and online with balance. Use the following suggestions for a successful tech cleanup.

Describe your cleaning

Without a plan, you expect to fail. Technological cleanings are probably one of the most difficult cleanings to endure because it is not a physical challenge, but a mental one. Decide on the length of your cleanse (usually 2-3 days or a week) and plan to start 2-3 days beforehand so you don’t give up on the cold turkey. Also define the parameters of the technology from which you will object, or when you can use them. During this planning phase, decide what you want to spend instead. You will need this diagram to refer to when you feel the itch, which brings us to our next point; relapse prevention.

Relapse prevention

Decide why you are doing this technological cleanup and write down your answer. Place this card where you will see it daily as a reminder, or keep it with you at all times. I suggest you take a photo with your phone to always have it, but when doing a tech clean you might not have that luxury. Revisit your “why” when you feel the “itch”.

Some final important suggestions before you begin are to let anyone who needs to know that you are performing a tech clean. These could be people you work with or work for, friends or Facebook groups you normally converse with, or people closest to you who can help you during your cleanup. Prepare for your return to technology, too. One of the best ways to do this is to unsubscribe from any email subscriptions you no longer care about. Browse and uninstall all unnecessary apps and turn off unnecessary notifications from apps you keep. The final suggestion in this article is to learn how to use “ airplane mode ” which turns off your phone’s ability to send or receive text messages, calls, or notifications. This mode can also sometimes be referred to as airplane mode, standalone mode, or offline mode and can be used in a number of situations. You can turn on airplane mode when you don’t want to be disturbed, when you’re heading to important meetings, to charge your battery faster, or to reserve the battery life you already have.

Source by Aaron Phillips

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