Ten Top Tips: How to do a digital detox

While technology has clearly made many things much easier, the fact that we're always connected - and as a result, constantly disrupted - can wreak havoc on our attention span. Here's how to undertake a full digital detox.

by Daniele Fiandaca

1.       Allow a reasonable amount of time to 'detox'

Set something that you know is achievable – either during a holiday or a weekend or even a couple of hours a day. The up-side of unplugging on holiday or weekend is that few people expect you to be always on so are unlikely to need responses. This timing also means less temptation to jump online because there are other things and people to take the edge of the craving.

2.       Prepare a digital exit strategy

Make a digital to-do list that covers off all your digital commitments and then think through your options, whether that’s delegating urgent actions in your inbox to someone you trust, or lining up blog posts in advance. As well as setting an autoreply on all your e-mail accounts, update your voicemail and make a post on all your social networks that you are switching off.

3.       Tell your team that you’re doing the detox

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