Simplifying Your Digital Presence

Simplifying Your Online Presence

I've long held the view that our digital presence is something that needs a mindful approach.

With so many reasons to turn to a screen, many of us spend hours online or using a gadget, often without even realising it. I have found there is a definite correlation between how long I spend at a screen and how well I sleep at night, so I've long been a bit of a nerd when it comes to simplifying my technology.

I've put together a few ideas for you to help you literally and metaphorically switch off more easily... (and if you like this post, this one might be up your alley too!)

TRACK HOW LONG YOU'RE ON YOUR PHONE

I use the app Moment and absolutely stinkin' love it. It logs how long I'm on my phone each day, and lets me set a target with the option of 15 minute updates to keep me on the straight and narrow. I currently use my phone for around 3 and half hours a day (which still sounds like a lot!) but I've come a long way, with some early days clocking up over six hours.

HAVE A SWITCH-OFF COMPUTER ACCOUNT

This tip is one I discovered thanks to the lovely Isobel... Thanks to her suggestion, my laptop now has two users: a work account and a switch-off account, which is stripped to its bare minimum. There are no apps in my Dock and it's got a chilled wallpaper, so I can browse peacefully without being distracted by anything work-related. Bliss.

TURN OFF THOSE PHONE NOTIFICATIONS

I'm serious about avoiding notifications. I'm a slave to Flight Mode when I've got things to do, but it can be super un-zen to switch it off and be bombarded by everything I've missed. I'm now super vigilant about which apps I want to be notified by, and it makes such a difference.

TURN ON GRAYSCALE MODE

In your iPhone settings, head to General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Colour Filters > Greyscale ✓. This will turn your screen grey, as it's been shown that the bright colours used by app designers mean your brain finds your phone even more exciting. Once selected, you can switch off the filter by triple tapping the home button. 

HAVE A DIGITAL CLEANUP

Unsubscribe from those email newsletters you hate. Organise your desktop. Ensure your files are saved into the right folders. One big cleanup will be easier to maintain in the future, so put on your favourite music and get tidying, technology style...

TRY SINGLE-TABBING

Instead of having multiple taps open and distracting you from what you're working on, aim for just one. It's hard to do but now I'm in the routine of doing so, I really rate it!

What tips help you to simplify your digital presence? Come to the comments and let me know; I'd love to hear about what works for you!

WellbeingAnna Considine