Benefits of Disconnection
You can do a lot of things when you’re disconnected. Here’re something that you’ll enjoy as a Benefit of Disconnection:
- It will give you the chance to focus on your creating process.
- It will help you regain your focus on work and on other important things in life.
- It will reconnect you with people without any distractions.
- It will help you rest from the distractions of email, Facebook, Twitter, news, blog, IM, and more.
- It will increase your productivity and your sense of satisfaction.
- It will allow you to read books.
- It will help you de-stress.
- It will give you peace of mind.
- It will give you time to reflect on life.
These are only a few of the things that you can achieve when you disconnect. So, how do you do it?
- Unplug everything. Unplug your router, or disable your Internet connection.
- Follow a scheduled disconnection time daily. Set it at a certain time, for one to two hours minimum, and tell people about those times.
- Find a place without an Internet connection. You could go to coffee shops or public libraries without a wireless connection.
- Go outside. Run, jog or walk without a phone and enjoy nature better with your partner, child or friend.
- Shut off mobile devices. Do this when you drive or when you meet with someone to avoid interruptions.
- Activate blocking software. This will help you avoid distractions from the Internet, so you can’t always access Twitter, Facebook, blogs, or other sites.
- Connect and disconnect in intervals. Disconnect for 45 minutes, connect for 15, and such. You can connect to the Internet as a reward for focusing on what you’re doing.
- Don’t bring your work home. Once you have logged out of work, make sure to focus on matters outside of work. Focus on yourself or your family instead.
The unfortunate thing is that staying connected seems to have become an addiction. But you can beat that using these tips:
- Determine your triggers. List these things down.
- Look for positive habits that can replace the old ones that served as triggers. If you quit smoking, you can take up running instead.
- Change the triggers, one at a time. Instead of opening your browser in the morning, you can get to writing right away.
- Find positive feedback for all the good habits you’ve practiced. This should motivate you to pursue more positive changes.
- Find negative feedback for all your negative habits. Tell someone about failing to make the change and get negative feedback to discourage you from doing it again.
- Focus more on the positive feedback to reinforce your good habits.