Being in a generation that can only be expressed best through monkey emojis and Owen Wilson memes is weird. And the internet can be shown in quite a dark light. But I quite like the online life, it let’s you express a lot of creativity and share your voice. Saying that, I’ve recently felt like a need a bit of a break from social media and being online. But at the same time, I feel like I don’t need a full out break? Are you still with me? So it dawned on me that, as opposed to completely taking a break, I’m in need on an online detox.
Alas you can’t sip some green tea and be done with it. But having an online detox has definitely been a weight off my shoulder. I just feel like I’m having more of a positive time on the internet. It’s just like when you clean your room or have a warm bath and you just feel fresh and new. So I’m start a movement (maybe a little dramatic??) and I urge everyone has an online detox. With autumn in the foreseeable future it’s the perfect time to hit the refresh button and get inspired again.
MESSY INBOX, MESSY MIND
We’ve all had those admin moments. Where your inbox if overflowing and you don’t even know where to begin and it seems easier to just hide in a duvet fort. Adulting. But honestly, a hardcore inbox and admin clear out does the world a bit of good. And the best part is, you can do them from the comfort of your duvet fort with a cuppa.
I always just go one by one and decide if it’s a 2 minute job or a bit of a larger job. If its a 2 minute job, do it there and then. That tends to be sending links or media kits, or just answering general bits n’ bobs which then get popped into different folders. And then a larger jobs are anything that might require a bit more time and effort. And those all get done afterwards when I can think about them more.
GOING BACK TO PEN AND PAPER
I’m possibly the worst blogger in the sense that I really don’t plan anything. I just word vomit and hit schedule. But I’ve been working on actually taking my ideas back to ye olde pen and paper. You’re not worrying about all the other tabs you have open or whether that SEO light is green or red. And it’s been so nice to get away from the screen and put a lot more thought into my blog, and it gets me super excited whenever I go to write up posts. Also, I mean, who doesn’t love buying all the stationary???
DO NOT DISTURB
There’s a fab little setting on most phones called do not disturb. Something you can schedule to go on if you like to keep your evenings to yourself, or you can also do it manually if you just need a moment in peace. But it’s truly a little lifesaver for when you need an online detox. Just like you’d stop drinking caffeine or alcohol on a detox, stop having that constant ‘ping’ of a notification telling who liked what or what celeb dramas going on. And even head out without your phone. This is a cliche one but it’s so important to have moments away from your screens. So go on a walk, read a book, have a pamper, go for coffee. You do you. Just do it without your phone for moment.
KNOWING WHEN TO UNFOLLOW
You don’t always have to go through and unfollow those inactive accounts or the ones that don’t give you the inspo anymore. But I just think it helps me have a fresh feed and feel like I’m in more of an inspiring community. So every now and again I go through and just make sure I am following feeds that inspire me and make me want to create. Which is so important to me when getting back into the game.
Obviously, sometimes you just need a little break but here is my thoughts for the times when you just need to have a fresh start. What do you do to have a little online detox?