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5 tips for a successful digital detox

24 January 2023

1 - Be aware 

If you want to reduce your consumption, it's important to know what you're doing. Use an app that will give you this information, and set yourself a numerical target such as "I'm going to reduce my consumption to 2 hours a day". This will improve your chances of success.

2 - Do the housework 

A digital detox involves cleaning out your cell phone. 

You'll turn into Marie Kondo and get rid of the clutter. 

Start by unsubscribing from any newsletters you no longer read. If you haven't read the last 3 from the sender, you can assume that you won't be doing so again. 

Well, I hope our YODI newsletter isn't one of them...

Then sort through your e-mails. It's liberating to throw away those that don't need to be archived. 

Sort your videos and photos: ideal for saving space and remembering good memories!

Finally, delete unnecessary applications that are taking up unnecessary space in your phone's storage.

And don't forget that this digital detox will also be good for the planet. Everything we store in the cloud consumes (too much) energy.  

3 - Set up telephone time slots

A digital detox also involves choosing the right moments to be solicited. 

Set up times with the phone, rather than without. Humans are much better at following permissions than accepting prohibitions. You may think it's the same thing, but your brain makes the difference. Avoid looking at your phone all the time, and you'll concentrate better!
Switch to airplane mode, between two authorized slots, and use the time to read, stroll, listen to vinyl, watch a good film...or take part in meetings while staying focused! 

4 - Disable notifications

Notification is stronger than you are. Its power is enormous and you're not armed enough to resist it.

Constantly receiving notifications disturbs your concentration and generates stress - yes, yes! Remove notifications from your applications, especially those from your mailbox.

In the evening, put yourself on mute except for your emergency numbers: ideal for better sleep!

5 - Going out without a phone

It's not that simple! But ask yourself how long it's been since you've done it. 

Start by going shopping without your faithful companion, then take a walk for an hour, an afternoon or even a weekend in the countryside.

Go gradually, because the first few times you may feel like you're reliving those dreams of going to school in your pyjamas.

But if you succeed, you'll soon feel a sense of freedom.

Good digital detox 

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