I went away last week to Leh Ladakh all by myself and had a lovely experience of solitude.
The internet was very very limited in Leh at the time. I could squeeze out 1-2 emails to my husband but that was it. Nothing fancy like facebook or reading the news. And my phone didn’t work. At all. I didn’t get a single drop of phone service, data, anything. I had to borrow a phone to let my husband know I was safe.
The benefits of this week of being disconnected were immense! I read 6 books – SIX! I could hear myself think. I wrote in my journal. I worked on a book project. I made plans for the future. I wasn’t irritable at all.
As a result, I made a plan for a digital detox upon my return to the connected city life. Here’s everything I’ve done since returning home:
- I actually found a feature to mute ALL the notifications on Whatsapp. All of them. I just check it periodically now, same as I do with email. I also left a few groups that were cluttering up my life too much.
- I got rid of the Instagram notifications on my phone. Now I just pop over there when I feel like it, instead of chasing notifications.
- I left a ton of Facebook groups, and turned off notifications for many others. I like learning about obscure nutrition/ health topics in Facebook groups, but I had become inundated.
- I deleted the Twitter app on my phone. I used to waste time scrolling Twitter in the car. Don’t miss it.
- I want to unsubscribe from a ton of emails too.
- I set up a strong “Do Not Disturb” system on my phone, so that my husband, nanny, driver, and school can all reach me.
This was a much needed re-set on a digital life that was too cluttered! The goal is to keep reading books now that I’m home!!
Have you ever done a digital spring cleaning? How did it feel?