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WHY YOU NEED A DIGITAL DETOX

LILY QUARTON-PARSONS

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

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What exactly is a digital detox?
A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.

We truly live in a digital age. While the influx of technological advancements has proven to assist in connecting the world, it also has disconnected individuals from the world around them. Research completed by Deloitte’s mobile consumer survey highlighted how often the average individual looks at their phone on a daily basis.

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However, this is not going to be a “all technology is evil” Black Mirror style exposé. We simply feel taking a digital detox occasionally will improve both your productivity and mental well-being. Below, we outline the three crucial benefits we feel you will instantly notice after taking a short break from your screens.

  1. Important vs social digital engagements

    You may use your screens for your business, therefore meaning a digital detox would be difficult. However, many of us are often engaged in the trivialities in what your old colleague had for lunch, or what your best friend is doing on their vacation in the Italian countryside. These digital engagements, albeit interesting, are not productive to your work. It is important to distinguish what is urgent and what is escapism. Taking a break away from your device will allow you to gain perspective on what you need to do to succeed in your current endeavours.

  2. In person interaction

    Mentally, meeting in person boosts numerous endorphins in your brain, resulting in a better mood and productivity. The more you are on your phone, the more you set yourself up to develop sleeping problems. A grumpy individual with a night full of broken sleep will simply not be anywhere near as productive as an individual who is fully rested.

    Alongside this, meeting an important client or interviewee in person builds an instant rapport, therefore resulting in better business connections. It is an instant turn-off when you are sat with somebody who is constantly on their phone, it feels disengaged and impersonal. Turn the phone off, and take some time to give whoever you are speaking with the full attention they deserve.

    “It is important to distinguish what is urgent and what is escapism.”

  3. The real and the virtual

    By removing yourself from the digital world, you allow yourself to distinguish what is real and what is virtual, two states which are constantly blurring into one. We understand your technology may be crucial to you and your work, so why not try with just half an hour everyday? Take time to breathe, or read a chapter of that book you have been meaning to start. Taking time away to disconnect will reconnect you to your goals.

  4. Rest your brain (and your self-esteem)

    Extreme and frequent usage of technology is guaranteed to give you adverse health effects. These can range from eye strain to sleeping problems to even your self-esteem. Remember, what is shown online is selective. If you were to get ready for an important event, you would not wear your comfy loungewear, but instead opt for your most prestigious outfit. Online life is exactly the same. Online presentation of the self is curated in a similar manner to our physical presentation. Therefore, what is seen is not a true depiction. Do not compare yourself to individuals who seem to have it all figured out. Taking time away from false images will allow you to realise you are on the right track to success.

It is imperative to learn how to moderate your technology use, yes it is useful to your life but it is not intrinsic to your existence. Don’t be nervous to take time out for yourself, after all, you are the most important person on the road to self success.

For further reading, we recommend reading “OFF” by Tanya Goodin or “Hyperreality and Simulacrum” by Jean Baudrillard.

Works Cited

  1. Newport Academy

  2. Forbes

  3. Dave Asprey

  4. image @jimsandkittys

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WHY YOU SHOULD WAKE UP AT 6AM

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook famously wakes up at 3.45am, beginning the day with coffee and emails. Pepsi’s CEO Indra Noonyi also awakes at 4am, and begins the working day at 7am. You might be worried we are going to advise you to wake up at 3am also, but there is proof that beginning your day early allows you to factor in not just work, but self care.


So does getting up in the early hours hold the key to success? We outline a few key reasons why we believe yes, it does indeed.


  1. Productivity: There is a reason 9am is known as the rush hour, it is the most stressful hour of the day. The vast majority of individuals are arriving at work at this time, meaning a flurry of emails, messages and notifications that require attention. By waking up at 6am, it is hard to be interrupted by those who are still asleep. You’re more likely to be productive as there are less distractions.



  2. Breakfast: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only is it your first meal after the long hours of sleep, it is the first energy your brain is going get. By waking up early, you will have time to prepare a breakfast of champions, whether that be a glowing smoothie or a delicious stack of blueberry pancakes, the kitchen is your oyster at 6am.




  3. Sunrise: Most mornings are spent in a crowded bus or train, or in gloomy traffic. By waking up at 6am, you wake up alongside the sun, the birds and the world. Beginning your day with beauty and serenity will put you in a better mood for the rest of the day.




  4. Achievement: If waking up at 6am was easy, every body would be doing it. We will not lie to you, it is a shock to your system at first. But this shock will soon pass, and result in a sense of accomplishment before you even brush your teeth. Starting the day with accomplishment first thing will put you in great stead for the rest of the day.

    So, you are sold and are ready to take the plunge and join the exclusive 6am club. Here are some handy tips to assist in altering your body clock.

    1. Take a break from your screens: First thing in the morning, do not reach for your phone. This will not stimulate your brain or eyes, and will result in a groggy feeling that will result in zero productivity. Keep the phones and laptops off until you have made your breakfast.



    2. Alarms are important: Lets be honest, the choice of alarms on our Iphone is hardly a mine of relaxation. We recommend a light sensitive alarm clock, such as the iconic Phillips Wake-Up Light Clock. A combination of zen sounds and sunlight will allow you to peacefully wakeup, rather than being snapped awake.



    3. Be ready: You are ready to take on the day, to get that presentation finished, to finish that email. You. Are. Ready. This mindset is so important to wakeup with, be excited about the new 6am you, and soon everybody else will be too.



For further reading, we recommend the 5am club by Robin Sharma - check it out



Lily Quarton-Parsons

@anotherstartupstory