Digital Detox Update

Hey guys!

As you know, I have been working on a 31-Day Detox. It started out as a digital detox (i.e., trying to not use my phone for anything other than calls or texts) but I also added a few other habits I wanted to try and steer clear of:

~Gossiping

~Eating fried food

~Needless spending

 

So how’s it going now that the month is coming to an end? Well…let me break it down for ya.

 

Digital Detox

Sherlock-PhoneWhen I first started the digital detox, I did really well for about a week. I was getting good at only using my phone for texts and calls and I even deleted Candy Crush. I stopped looking at Pinterest as I laid in bed at night and I was getting some really good shut-eye! But, after a while, I started using my phone for stuff. It mostly small things like, “Oh, I need to track my food on Sparkpeople and I’m nowhere near my computer. I’ll forget if I don’t do it now!” or “Crap! Did I pay that bill online? I’ll just check my bank app and see if I did.” After that, it kind of snowballed. So I’m not 100% smartphone-free. BUT, Huff the Hubs has said that he can tell a difference and, sadly, even commented, “I feel like you’re more present.” That hit me right in the heart. I knew I had an addiction to my phone but I didn’t realize it was so bad!

 

Gossiping 

gossipThis one was tough, for two reasons: 1., my life isn’t very interesting, so if I hear something “juicy”, I automatically want to repeat it; and 2., Its tough to distinguish between relaying information and gossip. I told myself that if I couldn’t back up what I heard from other people with facts or if I wouldn’t say something to that person’s face, I wasn’t allowed to say it to anyone else. I would say I did okay with this challenge. There were a few times I slipped up, but I have been learning a lot about self-control and making sure I think before I speak. 

 

Eating Fried Food

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Honestly, i didn’t think this one would be so tough. I don’t really eat that much fried food so why would this be hard*? But then I remembered Chick-Fil-A. you know, that red-and-white haven of tasty, tender chicken nuggets and the golden waffle fries…? Ah yes, you know. I typically eat at CFA once a week (typically while I’m out with Hermione and running errands) and since I’m still breastfeeding, I get crazy hungry if I haven’t eaten in a while. Thus, I stop at CFA to get a quick bite. When I realized I would have to give up my nummy nuggets and fabulous fries, I was a little distraught. I did pretty well for a while though, ordering grilled nuggets and a fruit cup. But, one day I was ravenous and fruit just wouldn’t do the trick. So I ordered grilled nuggets…and a waffle fry. And that one time turned into three more. Le sigh. 

 

No Needless Spending

 

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I truly thought that this habit was going to be the toughest to break. I work from home and so when I need some human interaction, I go to Target. And then I end up buying a bunch of crap I don’t need at the Dollar Spot. But this habit was actually the easiest. Whenever I walked into a store I would think, “Stick to the list, stick to the list” and only buy what was on the list. And now, my Slush Fund is lasting A LOT longer!

 

Even though I didn’t do perfectly, I still worked hard. Its tough to break habits in 30 days that have been formed over a series of years. I’m not going to let the end of August stop me from working toward my goals. I still want to put the phone down and be present; eat healthy, whole foods; watch my words; and make sure that I’m not just throwing money away.

 

What about you? Did you “detox” from anything this month? How did it go? Were you surprised by how you did?

Digital Detox: Update

Hey guys! So, as you know, I’m working on doing a little digital detox. I’m trying to cut down the time I spend on my phone, so for the month of August, I’m working on only using my iPhone for phone calls and texting (you know, like what phones were originally designed for).

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Its only the fourth day of the month and I gotta tell ya, I am doing…..HORRIBLE.
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On Friday, I tried my hardest to not pick up my phone. But, alas, I did.
In the spirit of full discretion, here are the apps I used:
~Google Maps
~Pinterest
~Sparkpeople
In my defense, I needed to use Google Maps so I could find the place I was going. Although, I could have very well used it before I left and printed out the directions. Buuuttt…. I didn’t. Womp, womp.
Saturday was a little better. I only used it twice. Again for Google and Sparkpeople. As I was laying in bed Saturday night, though, I got the itch to look at Pinterest. Scrolling through my news feed on Pinterest has been a nightly ritual of mine for a while now. I can’t explain it, but it somehow helps me fall asleep. So instead of using my phone, I picked up the tablet. I tried looking at Pinterest on it, but it was loading slow and the tablet is so big, that it was a pain to lay down and look at. Frustrated, I turned it off and actually fell asleep an hour earlier than I normally do!
Yesterday, I didn’t use my phone for ANYTHING except phone calls and text messages. I could NOT believe it! When I needed to log my food into Sparkpeople, I did it on the laptop. When I needed to look something up, I used the laptop. Its weird, but I’m becoming more aware of how much I use my phone now that I turn to my laptop instead. Its like, “Ugh, I feel so lazy just sitting here in front of my computer…” I found myself doing other things like swimming, reading, or playing with Hermione.
Today has gone pretty well so far. I haven’t really had the temptation to pick up my phone to look at Facebook or Pinterest. And, honestly, this whole detox thing is not about being perfect; it’s about being aware of my usage. It’s also helping me realize what is and isn’t important/imperative. There have been so many times in the past that I would be in the middle of a conversation, think of something, and pick up my phone to Google what I had thought of, completely disregarding the person I was speaking to. Now, I have to tell myself, “Oh, don’t forget to Google that when you get home,” and I do. Which doesn’t bother me.
My other “detoxes”–no gossiping, no needless spending, and no fried food–are going pretty well. I did spend money at a garage sale on stuff I didn’t necessarily need…but it was a super good deal! Plus, I think I’ll be able to sell some of the stuff on Amazon and make a pretty good profit!
Are you doing any kind of detox? How’s it going? Do you have any tips that would help detoxers out there?

Digital Detox

The other morning, I was watching The Today Show. One of their correspondents was talking about how, on the first of August, she was going to start a 31-day digital detox. The correspondent, Jill Martin, said she felt as though she was letting her phone control her life. From texting, to calling, to emailing, and apps, she felt like she never looked a person in the face and had lost the art of holding a conversation. She decided to swear off her smartphone for the entire month. Jill asked the rest of the Today Show anchors to join in on her detox.

 

And I am too.

 

Lately, Huff the Hubs has been complaining that I am always on my phone. He calls my iPhone “my kidney” because it’s basically attached to me. My biggest time-waster apps have been: Candy Crush, Facebook, and Pinterest. I can’t just give up my phone (or invest in one of these things), because—unlike Jill—I don’t have a personal assistant and I have a kid. So, for the month of August, I am going to use my phone strictly for phone calls and texts.

 

This means I can’t use ANY of my apps from my phone.

 

Like, any.

 

I’ve already deleted Candy Crush, and, if I need to, I’ll delete the others as well.

 

I’ve also decided on a few more things I want to “detox” from:

~Fried food (so long, Chick-Fil-A waffle fries!)

~Gossiping

~Needless spending (Bye-bye, Target’s Dollar Spot )

 

I’ll be blogging about my detox hits and misses and hopefully finding some ways to fight against some of my more toxic habits. And if anyone wants to join in on the “fun” (totes meant that sarcastically because LAWD this is going to be a tough month!) let me know! I’ll be here to give encouragement and also to whine to!

 

Here’s to a healthier, happier August!

 

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