One of the best benefits of our 69-day BreakAway was that it forced my family into a less digi-centric lifestyle. And with fresh stimuli and waves surrounding us, nobody seemed to mind. In fact, they were happier. But back home, we’re back to tapping and texting and remoting away the day. But I don’t give in—or up.
So here are 11 new & improved ways to reduce digi-drain and feel more free.
- Avoid going to your computer or device first thing in the morning, and last thing at night.
- Ritualize some prioritized activities, like yoga, meditation, reading, or gardening.
- Leave ALL tech toys out of your bedroom, and make it a sacred, soothing space.
- Don’t text and drive.
- Minimize cell-phone driving.
- Focus on what matters (and manners): Intentionally leave your cell phone elsewhere when at church, with friends, or having any good conversation.
- Play games—cards, backgammon, horseshoes—and do puzzles, crosswords, and real stuff with real things you can touch.
- Create family digi-free zones, times, days, and places.
- Maintain guidelines for the kids: Texting the new GF comes after reading, cleaning, and helping out.
- Avoid giving all your numbers to anyone and everyone; use your different numbers for different people and “time zones” (friends vs. clients, etc.).
- Get outside daily, dammit; it’s so much better than any electro-thrill around.