How to do a digital detox and improve your life

I am taking part in the Asda Mobile Digital Detox Challenge for 7 days starting from 25th April 2016.

Asda Mobile have provided me with a basic mobile phone along with an Asda Sim card topped up with £10 credit.

Does your smartphone dominate your life? Does it lead to you ignoring your family, friends and colleagues as you check emails and social networks? Are family days out more about getting the right image than throwing yourself into the experience?

A study carried out by the Huffington Post discovered that the average person checks their phone 85 times a day, receives just over 100 emails and spends around three hours, actively, on the internet.

My challenge involved using a basic phone only for texts and calls. I have not made one call or sent a text since starting the challenge. Although this is not part of the challenge, it is interesting how as soon as you take the time to question whether you are unwittingly on a digital treadmill, your phone use starts to change.

It’s a bit like when you change your eating and exercise habits and wondered why you ever liked unhealthy foods and a couch potato lifestyle.

I have enjoyed not having the ball and chain of the smartphone on the bedside cabinet. It has made it easier for me to either pursue another interest like reading or to switch off completely. How lovely to have a cuppa in the morning without immediately checking my phone!

I am also getting through jobs that matter more efficiently rather than “wasting time” trawling through Instagram and other social networks. If I don’t tweet, it appears the world does not end!

I have enjoyed getting out and about leaving blog and social media business to wake up and smell the coffee, to feel the sun on my skin and to explore my local surroundings. It is important to remember the world offline is a fascinating place if we take our eyes of our screens and actually look.

It is also a great lesson for our children and you might like to discover 9 ways to persuade your children away from their screens.

Why don’t you join in a mini challenge and see if you can manage without your smartphone for 24 hours?

Digital Detox Infographic

I challenge my readers to also take part in this and write a post detailing their experience mentioning (and linking to) my blog and Asda Mobile. I would love you to experience the liberating feeling of saying goodbye to the smartphone even if only for 1 day. Here are the terms and conditions.

If you take part in the “mini challenge” you must add a link to your diary post in the comments.

Data Protection – Any personal data relating to entrants will not be disclosed to a third party, this will be strictly used for the Asda Mobile digital detox challenge only.

Winner selection – The winners will be required to respond within 14 days of notification confirming their acceptance of the award. In the event a winner does not respond to communications within 14 days of notification or if any award is declined or not redeemed, we reserve the right to disqualify that winner and present the award to a reserve winner.

Winner notification – Winners will be notified via email w/c 9th May 2016.

Prize – You have a chance to win £100 worth of Asda store gift card.

The terms & conditions of the challenge which includes the information that we request you include in your blogpost.

By accepting this challenge you are agreeing to these terms & conditions and you are releasing us, our directors, officers, employees and agents from, and indemnifying each of them against, any and all liability or any loss, damage or injury of any kind arising from or in connection with this challenge.

Do you have any top tips on how to do a digital detox to share with my readers?

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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