From sundown March 9 to sundown March 10, people nationwide are pledging to unplug from their digital devices and spend time connecting with friends and loved ones. Conceived by the team behind Reboot, participants are encouraged to take a pledge to observe the day, starting with putting cell phones into “sleeping bags”. Unpluggers can find resources for hosting an event at home or even at work.
Read more at Nationaldayofunplugging.com
Writing in Small Business Trends, Rieva Lesonsky offers Modern Elders advice to help their Millenial subordinates consciously unplug every day:
- Because Millenials are conditioned to respond immediately to the buzz of their phones, Set Boundaries by limiting work-related emails after hours
- Declare an Email-free Day or afternoon each week, with face-to-face interactions taking the place of a constant barrage of email
- Don’t Pile On the tech-savvy Millenial in the office with requests for tech help. Ask about the solution when they fix a problem, and vow to try to solve it yourself next time
- Offer Time Off and Honor It! Everyone deserves a chance to rest and recharge
Read more: Who wants to unplug? Millenials, that’s who!
The health and psychological benefits of unplugging are hard to dispute. To make technology breaks a regular part of your routine, Johnna Kaplan recommends first assessing where the problem lies. “Is it the physical strain of staring at a screen while sitting at a desk? Is it the competition or pressure to ‘keep up’ on social media? Is it the nasty bickering in comment sections or the emotional impact of nonstop breaking news updates? Or is it that your tech habits have replaced other things you used to enjoy? You might just need to take regular 10-minute breaks from work, delete certain apps from your phone, or swear off certain websites.”
From there, a low-tech solution may be the key to successfully removing the technological stressors from your life, either by replacing online games with crossword puzzles, picking up a non-tech hobby like baking or playing an instrument, or just getting back to nature with a walk or a hike.
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