'Tis the season for a technology detox!

I am SO looking forward to the next 31 days! Starting tomorrow, December 1, I will doing a technology detox. I'm sharing details on what this will look like, but first, a rationale:

Last December was incredibly busy- between work, travel, and trying to see friends for the holidays, there was little time left to reflect on the year or prepare for Christmas. Each day felt like a whirlwind- when I looked up, it was January. I told myself I wouldn't let this happen again- after all, it's the most wonderful time of the year! ;)

I want to be fully present for the next 31 days- present to myself, my clients, my family, my friends, and present to the holiday season. Celebrating Christmas and the New Year is important to me, and I don't want to miss out on real life experiences by being distracted. Social media and clickbait headlines are all going to take a backseat until January.

This is not the first time I've taken a step back. In 2012, I deactivated my Facebook account. For 3 years I was not present on social media and it was glorious! When I had news to share, I contacted my friends individually. Yes it took more time- but it felt much more authentic to who I am- more personal, less email blast-y. Anyway, this time around, I'm not looking to totally disengage from technology- instead, I'm taking the holiday season to pause, rest, and reflect. Here's my plan:

Technology detox guidelines

1. I will remove all social media apps from my phone

2. I will block distracting websites on my computers, using Cold Turkey

3. I will intentionally watch specific movies on Netflix, instead of mindless Netflix-ing

4. I will turn my phone to airplane mode after work each day 

5. I will check emails during my business hours only 

What I'm going to do instead

1. Keep a daily journal of this experience

2. Finish the half-read books on my nightstand (a bigger stack than I'd like to admit)

3. Complete my winter bucket list- things like going for a walk in the snow, baking cookies, sledding!

4. Read a daily advent devotional in preparation for Christmas

5. Revitalize my morning routine- more yoga, less news

Potential benefits of a technology detox

1. Increased productivity and focus (source)

2. Increased mindfulness (source)

3. Increased creativity (source)

4. Decreased stress (source)

5. Decreased comparisons (source)

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