Taking breaks from technology, and being in charge of when and how we use it, are key productivity and recovery strategies.
While there are many advantages of using smart phones and other devices, feeling unable to unplug can be a barrier to real recovery. Especially with regard to mental recovery – it’s difficult to do this with emails or reminders or phone messages bleeping at us.
Try an experiment for yourself – see how long you can go with your various devices turned off. Can you manage 5 minutes? 30 minutes? How about a few hours? If this is hard for you, set yourself a challenge – try gradually increasing the length of time you unplug. If it’s difficult, start with 5 minutes, then extend to 10, and work your way up to a longer period of time. Or you may want to set some rules for yourself about turning devices off some evenings and weekends (like alcohol-free days). You may even want to throw yourself in the deep end and go cold turkey for a whole weekend or day off.
What helps you to unplug and recover?