Airplane mode

If you find that your screen time is increasing and has gotten to a point of being much higher than you’d like, put your phone on airplane mode.

Sometimes it’s difficult to comprehend a world when we were much less connected because at any time someone can contact you on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, email, call, text or Whatsapp. That’s 7 different ways all from a single device and that can be overwhelming.

As much as it can have benefits, it’s also worth considering that you don’t always need to be so available. One could argue that you may miss something important but it’s highly unlikely.

The point is not to put your phone on airplane mode and be eternally unavailable. The idea is to turn it on when you’re not using your phone, that way when you randomly pick it up to mindlessly scroll you’ll end up just putting it down again as you’re not connected to the internet.

It’ll also make you aware of how often you reach for your phone for no real reason and after a short while you end up reaching for it less.

Playing games

Games are a great way to spend time with people and have fun. They’re even better when you can play them away from a screen.

To some board games may seem old fashioned but they’ve managed to stand the test of time. Some games have been around for over a hundred years.

We like them because they’re simple, they remind us of our childhood and most of all they’re fun.

It doesn’t matter that there’s an online version because that cannot compare to the worn out game board, mismatched dice and random counters contained within the box.

21 Things to do away from a screen

Right now it’s easier than ever to spend your days switching between YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix (or some other streaming service) and Instagram. These things are great for entertainment and to catch up on things you’re interested in.

But it’s also important to dedicate time in your day to be away from a screen. I think it’s important to have interests that don’t require your phone, laptop, or TV. Not because technology is bad but because there is a whole other world outside of the screen.

Particularly with social media and YouTube, you can end up spending so much time watching the lives of others that you’re not even living your own life.

So here are a few things to do away from a screen:

  • Bake
  • Cook a meal
  • Host a dinner party
  • Go to a wine tasting
  • Read a book
  • Go for a walk
  • Tidy your home
  • Go out for dinner
  • Draw
  • Paint
  • Do a puzzle
  • Do hand embroidery
  • Paint your nails
  • Meditate
  • Write
  • Read a magazine
  • Play a board game
  • Plant flowers
  • Organise your closet
  • Take a nap
  • Visit a museum

Of course some of these things aren’t possible right now but they will be soon.

 

Breaking up the day

If you”re working on a laptop from 9-5 and spend your evenings scrolling social media, watching youtube and binging the latest fantasy thriller series, you’ll have spent most of your day staring at a screen.

You aren’t going out to restaurants, going for drinks, visiting museums, catching up with friends in a local cafe or going dancing like you used.

When you’re spending your days staring at a screen, it’s no wonder the days will start to blur into one.

Obviously you can’t eliminate the 8 working hours from your day but being at home means you have some level of flexibility when it comes to how you choose to structure your day.

What are you doing in-between work, emails, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp, Facebook, Netflix etc?

What are you doing to break up your day?

Now might be the perfect time to find some offline hobbies that you can easily do from home, things that don’t require a screen.

It could be hand embroidery, baking, gardening, reading, drawing, making body butter, mixing essential oils, writing in a notebook or sewing on a machine.

It’s not about ditching your screens but instead acknowledging that you might get more fulfillment from an hour of baking in the afternoon instead of an extra hour on social media.