Extreme Digital Detox

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For week six of my reboot I went hardcore with an extreme digital detox.

The previous week I survived a daily iPhone curfew from 8pm to 7am.  This week I banned all screens (tv/phone/computers) from 8pm to 7am.

I thought it would be a breeze as I found giving up my phone such a doddle.

So, no telly was not so easy.  Admittedly two of the days I was on holiday in Copenhagen so no screen was no great hardship.  Although getting the plane home without a screen was weird. I bought Red magazine and read every article which I really enjoyed, it made a change from zoning out and staring at a Netflix film.

Then the following evenings were back at home, where my resolute routine is watching tv every evening if I’m in.  I didn’t realise quite how important this ritual is to me until I wasn’t allowed to do it. Wednesday night, Jamie went off into the lounge to watch the City match and I was left in the dining room to entertain myself.  I grabbed a pile of books and once I’d settled in and got comfy with a blanket and gotten into a book, it was really pleasant.

Thursday night, I was getting a bit frustrated as I was tired and I just wanted to kick back and watch telly in the evening.  I’d been working hard in my office and ‘deserved’ it! Instead Jamie and I played scrabble.  I was on top scrabble form, we played three games of scrabble and I did a seven letter word in each game.  Unheard of.  Maybe the detox was making me more clever?!  Usually when I play scrabble I’m browsing on my phone at the same time.  Fully concentrating allowed me to play better.

Friday night after a 15 mile Peak District walk with the Fresh Walk crew I would have just loved to rest my aching bones on the sofa, but no, I was committed to no TV and again played scrabble.  Thursday’s genius had clearly faded though as Jamie thrashed me.

Finally on Saturday night, after a long day in Reading visting my dad, I really really could have done with a chill out in front of the tv.  But we got the scrabble board out again and by now the novelty had worn off.  I have to admit it wasn’t my ideal saturday night.

I’ve missed TV quite a bit this week.  I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had just been a couple of nights off the tv.  In the coming months as the evenings get longer I intend to stop being a coach potato and do some gardening/go for walks and generally shake things up a bit. But I do still want to watch TV on some nights!  However I’m still really appreciating the iPhone curfew – that’s been an absolute joy, it’s almost a relief to not be swiping all the time.

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My shortlived scrabble genius on thursday

Debbie, my co-rebooter has been tackling hydration this week and attempted to drink 2-3 litres of water a day.  It’s been challenging, but interesting. Read how she’s got along here: ProperFoodie

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Debbie tried to flourish with water like her flowers

Next Week

You may think the reboot is over now we’ve completed the six week plan.  However Debbie (my co-rebooter) and I have decided to do one final week, doing a pick and mix of all our favourite reboot challenges.

So I’m going to:

  • Continue with no drinking of decaff coffee and diet squash (not hard as I’ve kept that up anyway)
  • Continue with the iPhone curfew from 8pm – 7am daily as I think it’s brilliant
  • Meditate for ten minutes a day as it’s easy and rewarding
  • I will do a spot of Marie Kondo decluttering here and there.

I’ll update you at the end of the week!

2 thoughts on “Extreme Digital Detox

  1. haha you did so well hun!! might I suggest bananagrams to shake things up a bit, faster pace then scrabble, it’s a popular one in our household 🙂

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