New disorders are named to accommodate the growing number of people addicted to specific techniques; World of Warcraft and other video games, Facebook, smartphones at dinner, Candy Crush, and more. Anyone remember the craze of the most addictive Facebook game of them all, FarmVille?! Most Americans might say they’d rather stick to their technology less. Screen time is known to disturb sleep, and with work becoming more mobile, it becomes more invasive of our personal time. You can set boundaries, and a priming technique can be pure what the doctor ordered in the real world and online with balance. Follow these tips for a successful cleanse technique.
Underline your cleanliness
Without a plan, you plan to fail. Cleaning technology is probably one of the hardest cleanings to endure because it is not a physical challenge, but a mental one. Decide how long you’ll be cleaning (usually 2-3 days or a week) and plan to start 2-3 days in advance so you’re not giving up cold turkey. Also determine what technologies you will get from, or when you will be able to use them. During this phase of planning, decide what you want to do with your time instead. You’ll need this outline to mention when you’re feeling itchy, which brings us to our next point; Avoidance of repetition.
Decide why you’re purging this technique and write your answer below. Keep this card where you’ll see it daily as a reminder, or keep it with you at all times. I suggest you take a picture with your phone so you always have it, but during a technical cleanup, you may not have that luxury. When you feel “itchy” revisit your “why.”
Some final important tips before you get started is to inform anyone who needs to know that you are doing a technical cleaning. These could be people you work with or work for, Facebook friends or groups you usually interact 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 subscriptions you no longer care about. Go through and uninstall any unnecessary apps and turn off unnecessary notifications of the apps you are keeping. The final suggestion 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 sometimes be called flight mode, standalone mode, or offline mode and can be used in many situations. You can enable flight mode when you don’t want to be disturbed, going to important meetings, to charge your battery faster, or to preserve the battery life you already have.