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What I learnt from two days of digital detox

Two weeks ago during the long Easter weekend, I went offline for a couple of days. I still had my phone with me but reduced its use to the most basic functions – making and answering calls and text messages, checking directions and weather forecast and searching information when I needed it. And that was it. No camera, no social media, no online shopping. Before I started, I thought it would be difficult and I would have withdrawal symptoms. Nope. It was surprisingly easy. It has now been two weeks since normal digital use resumed but I am already looking forward to my next weekend offline. Because here are the key five things I’ve learnt from the two days of digital detox. I have more time than I thought. In the two days of staying away from my phone, I: finished two books; read one new book; fixed three buttons on two garments; tried two new recipes; wrote to two friends to catch up; made a haircut appointment; paid off and closed a credit card; …

120 changes in 2018: April

Switch-off weekend When this post goes up, I am staying away from my phone, tablet and laptop as much as I can and I am immersing myself in non-digital activities – readings books and magazines, having a walk around my city, watching passers-by, taking notes on paper, cooking, talking to my friends and to my husband, watching films – you know, all those old-fashioned things that people used to enjoy before we became slaves to devices. I know I won’t be able to fully get away from all technology – I rely on my phone for maps, information, music and sometimes camera – but I am giving up on social media, news, e-shopping and just brainless browsing for a couple of days. Pay off all debt I got a grip on my finances and spending habits last year, and my savings are comfortably above my remaining debt. The latter sits on a 0% ARP card, and I slowly pay it off, but I just want to get rid of it so that I can focus solely …

120 changes in 2018: March – results

About twice a year and without any warning, I get moody and unhappy for no apparent reason: there are no big or negatives changes in my life, and yet many things just feel wrong. I was 16 when I first noticed these moods; I was going home from school and realised that I’d been in this dark state of mind for a couple of weeks. It wasn’t destructive – I was still nice to people and I didn’t have any bad thoughts, and back then I said to myself to just wait for it to pass. And it did – back then and then many times later when these mood swings happened again and again. They never last for more than 3 weeks, and they happened this March. I am beginning to feel my usual self again, but throughout the month I didn’t have any will to push myself to stick to my 10 changes so I guess I have failed many of them. But let’s see. Exercise at home I was alright at this, actually. …

120 changes in 2018 – February

They say Blue Monday in January is the most miserable day. I disagree. For me personally, every day in February is the most miserable, when spring feels so close, but it’s still cold; when the usual workload catches up with you, and you can’t slack saying you’re still getting up to speed after Christmas break; when the drive to self-improve fades away and pushing yourself to stay on track is more difficult than ever. Thinking up 10 changes in January was easy. Doing the same for February has been another story, but here you go. Below are the 10 more changes to make myself a better person this year. Write down one gratitude per day. When I meditate, I always start by saying thank you for all the good in my life. But because I don’t meditate daily and because I will have many reasons to moan in February, I want to make it habit to find something to be grateful for every day. Eat fruits instead of deserts. I don’t really have a sweet …