In our current generation, there is no denying that A LOT of our time is spent online, we are the digital generation. And whilst I love it - how could I not - my blog wouldn't be here with-out it? It also has its draw-backs. Although hard to accept/admit I can honestly say that I know I spend to much time living through a screen, rather than actually living. Its a powerful thing to hear/think and also quite a scary thought. I have decided to put some focus recently into spending less time in front of a screen, but also finding ways of cutting back the time I NEED to spend there. Here are my thoughts.
Although slightly hypocritical as it will probably take you a good few hours in front of a screen before saving yourself time. But one of the most satisfying things I have done this year is unsubscribing from those pesky e-mail subscriptions that you either 1. Didn't even bloody sign up to or 2. Aren't your cup of tea anymore. Some brands bombard you with emails, meaning wasting your time every day sifting through, deleting and finding important ones. Unsubscribing is pretty liberating and trust me you won't regret it!
At the risk of sounding like your secondary school teacher here, create a phone-bank and use it. In the evening and when you are ready to snuggle down on the sofa, put your phone *on silent* and out of site and out of mind for AT LEAST an hour. Spend this time wisely doing something you enjoy. Spend QUALITY time with loved ones with out your latest Instagram "likes" number distracting you, read a book, take a lush bath, go for a walk, prepare food for tomorrow. ANYTHING except sitting and scrolling!
If there is an Instagram account you don't interact with or don't find the account interesting anymore, unfollow it. If you still have people on Facebook you met at a party in 2006 and haven't spoken to them since and/or don't plan on ever speaking to again - un-friend them! Why do you want to see pictures of a strangers aunties 60th birthday or their pet dogs new trick? Remove immediately.
Turn Off Push Notifications
This is a super handy tip I have recently started utilising on my iPhone. I'm not sure how it works across other devices, but I am sure there must be a way. Are you ever in the middle of doing something and then your phone buzzes, ooh an Instagram comment, ooh a tweet, I must check that straight away. Well no, you don't need to check it straight away. It's just a habit. I have turned off "push notifications" on most of my apps - this means that when I have time to check Instagram, I can. When I have time to sit down and check/reply to emails I can. It means that you are putting your life before your digital life. I couldn't recommend it more!
Clear Your Camera Roll & Apps
First of all, is there ANYTHING more annoying in the universe than seeing "Storage full - cannot take photo" No, no there isn't. Once a month go through your camera roll and delete duplicate images or screenshots you no longer want. You'll be surprised of things you have screen-shot and forgotten about - most of which you would probably never want to see the light of day! Then back up the photographs you do want to keep to a computer or iCloud. Following this and to clear that extra bit more space go through your apps and delete any you haven't used (unfortunately for me this was this Nike running app - guilty).
Do you fancy having a spring-clean of your digital life?
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