New disorders have been named to accommodate the growing number of people addicted to specific technologies; World of Warcraft and other video games, Facebook, Smartphones at dinner, Candy Crush and more. Does anyone remember the craziness of the most addictive Facebook game […]
New disorders have been named to accommodate the growing number of people addicted to specific technologies; World of Warcraft and other video games, Facebook, Smartphones at dinner, Candy Crush and more. Does anyone remember the craziness of the most addictive Facebook game of all, Farmville? Most Americans can say that they would like to be less attached to their technology. Screen time is known to cause sleep disturbances, and as work becomes more mobile, it becomes increasingly invasive of our personal time. You can set limits, and a priming tech cleanse might be just what your doctor ordered to start living in the real world and online in balance. Follow the tips below for a successful tech cleanup.
Describe your cleaning
Without a plan, you plan to fail. Tech cleanings are probably one of the toughest cleanings to endure because it is not a physical challenge, but a mental one. Decide how long to clean (usually 2-3 days or a week) and plan to start 2-3 days early so you don’t suddenly quit. Also configure the parameters of the technology that will be hindered or when you will be able to use them. During this planning phase, decide where you want to spend your time. You will need to refer to this schematic when you feel the itch, which brings us to the next point; relapse prevention.
Decide why you are doing this tech cleanup and write your answer. Put this card somewhere 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 during a tech cleanup, you may not have that luxury. Review your “why” when you feel the “itch.”
Some last important tips before you begin are to notify anyone who needs to know that you are performing a tech cleanup. They can be people you work with or work for, friends or Facebook groups you normally chat with, or people closest to you who can help you with your cleanup. Also prepare for your return to technology. One of the best ways to do this is to unsubscribe from any email subscription that you are no longer interested in. Review and uninstall unnecessary applications and disable unnecessary notifications from the applications you are saving. The last tip in this article is to learn how to use “Airplane Mode,” which disables your phone’s ability to send or receive text messages, calls, or notifications. This mode can also sometimes be called flight mode, standalone mode, or offline mode and can be used in various situations. You can enable flight mode when you don’t want to be disturbed, when you attend important meetings, to charge your battery faster, or to reserve the battery life you already have.