Sunday, 7 February 2016
Time To Log Off's 7 day digital detox challenge: before I begin...
For months - nay, years - I've known I have an unhealthy relationship with my digital devices. I joke about being a social media addict, as so many of us are, but I genuinely think I need to take action as it's not good.
The trouble is, I've thought that for ages. And I've never done anything about it because yay Instagram is always there when you're waiting for a train and ooh I'd better add a pic of my prosecco to my snapchat story and hey I'm a journalist so I need to be all over twitter all the time.
So when I got an email from Time To Log Off (you may recall I used to do some part-time work for them) inviting me to take part in a digital detox challenge, I read it with keen interest.
Actually, when I first read the title '7 Day Digital Detox Challenge' my immediate reaction was 'heeeeeell no', because I literally could not live my life or do my job if I tried to digitally detox for a whole week.
But it turns out it's not a week-long digital detox, thank goodness. Here's how the challenge goes:
Fortunately, the kind people at Time To Log Off have sent all the bloggers bravely taking up the challenge a digital detox kit to inspire and help us. (Surely bloggers are the exact type of people who would find a digital detox the hardest?!)
But yes, it's going to be hard for me. That may sound silly. You may think the challenge sounds easy. But I don't think it will be. Especially not for me.
The prospect of deleting email and social media apps from my phone fills me with dread and the idea of going out without my phone scares me - what if an emergency happens!? I rely on Google Maps and City Mapper to get around and will be utterly lost without them.
The challenge starts tomorrow and ends on Valentine's Day, with the idea being that you spend the day fully focussed on your loved ones.
It's a lovely idea. Except I have no loved ones. Get out your violins, gang.
OK, that's not true. I have no boyfriend. And I guess I shall just have to wait until Monday to see the inevitable stream of notifications from all my secret admirers.
I'm not really sure what I'll do with myself tbh. Colour, I guess. AND I WON'T EVEN BE ABLE TO INSTAGRAM MY COLOURING! Well, for a day. I suppose I'll struggle through.
So it's nearly time to set my new alarm clock and begin the challenge. I'll be honest, I'm sort of dreading it, the last few days at least, but I know it'll be good for me.
Wish me luck!
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