If you’re like most people, you probably spend most of your day staring at a screen. While you’re at work, you’re checking emails, spreadsheets, Word docs, (ahem) Facebook – the list goes on and on. Then in the evenings, you’re checking even more emails and social social media sites. The process is never ending!
That said, it’s no wonder so many people experience digital burnout. If you’re one of those people, check out these four remedies:
1. Set some limits
With the Internet open 24/7, it’s easy to get sucked into. But if you want to avoid burnout, it’s important to set some limits. That means at a certain point every night, turning your phone on silent. And not just turning it on silent, but logging off completely – not checking Facebook, Twitter, your email, etc. This is particularly important on weekends when you need time to recharge.
2. Get rid of push notifications
If the thought of this makes your heart drop, try it in baby steps. Surely you don’t need push notifications for everything. Maybe your email is important, but do you really need to know when someone pokes you on Facebook? Consider what information really matters and set up your push notifications accordingly.
3. Unsubscribe from content you don’t need
Over time, we subscribe to more and more content. What started off as two blogs and a newsletter may have turned into 25 blogs, 8 newsletters, and an endless supply of email notifications. Oh boy!
To clear your head a little, and not to mention, your computer, try unsubscribing from content you don’t really need. (And yes, that includes that foodie blog you always mean to read, but never do.) You can always go back and read those on your own time, but the less notifications you receive, the less overwhelmed you’ll feel.
4. Read an actual book
Remember how we talked about setting limits? Well this is a great follow-up to that. Let’s say you decide to turn your phone on silent at 9 p.m. every night. Why not pick up a book around the same time? If it’s good enough, you’ll get lost in the pages and forget all about your digital dependency.
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