In the modern age of digital connectivity where we’re always plugged in and connected, it’s absolutely imperative to implement self-imposed restrictions on how much of our lives we spend connected to our devices. After all, our phones, tablets, and computers are meant to make our lives and work easier, right? Well, whether or not they do, it definitely comes at a cost.
Here are some reasons why it’s so important to take time away from all of our digital devices and just unplug for a while:
- Health and Happiness
- Technology addiction has now been linked to depression, anxiety, and even ADHD. Many of us don’t realize just how dependent we become on our devices and how much time we spend constantly replying to messages and emails, taking calls, or watching for updates. Our minds can actually become addicted to the feedback loops created by these apps, and devices and ‘gaming disorder’ has become a recognized mental health issue by the World Health Organization.
- Setting time out of every day where we put ourselves into an unavailable mode or having specific days of the week that we won’t handle business is important and not just to our mental health, because all of that time we spend on computers and other tech gadgets is time we generally aren’t very physically active.
- Boost Creativity
- When we spend too much of our time reacting to the feedback loops dictated by our apps and technical devices, we aren’t exploring our passions or engaging ourselves creatively. This can lead to feelings of burnout, writer’s block, or we can just feel uninspired and struggle to come up with the new ideas. It is important to take the time to unplug, explore, and process our own thoughts and feelings about our projects and find inspiration for future pursuits or innovations.
- We all know that relaxing and getting to enjoy life is why we work so hard to begin with, right? It’s important to not lose sight of that and set firm boundaries for ourselves when it comes to our devices. Implement systems into your work life that don’t require you to be constantly available. When you go on a vacation or retreat, leave the gadgets at home and let the business run itself. Remember that you are just as important and critical as all of the things that you find important, and don’t forget to give yourself and those you care about your undivided attention during your detox periods.