Reading this on phone? If not, chances are that your smartphone is still within your arm’s reach right now. Our generation has been using gadgets and devices like no other; the reason being that most of our work is online, on the laptop or phone- be it college assignments or a fun movie. Digital detox is next to impossible in this situation. While technology has undoubtedly made our lives easier in many ways, research suggests our addiction to this is real as well. Each new message or text activates the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that pushes us to pursue rewards, so you’ll keep returning for more. So how do you manage your time and college schedule without digital detoxing? Let’s see.
However, when you enter college you leave behind those ringing bells and stringent schedules. You get into the ease mode and after a while, you realize you haven’t been productive past many days. While there can be many factors affecting our time management and productivity, the first thing that comes in mind is eradicating social media completely taking a digital detox. This proves fruitful at times but works reverse when addiction gets too high and we are neither able to leave it nor work on our schedule. So there’s no need to take a complete digital detox. There are ways you can optimize your work productivity along with your cell phones entailing social media.
However, ending that cycle with your gadgets does not need to require an anguishing separation test. You can keep plugged in and “detox” at the same time with a few simple steps, helping you feel more satisfied, calm, and connected to the things that really matter.
To reduce your digital dependency, turn off the push notifications for social media apps on your phone, including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, news sites, dating apps-anything that sends an alert when someone comes in contact with you or likes a post. Starting with one or two, set a particular time of day, such as 20 minutes, to test each and a time limit for how long you will spend on the platform. This way you don’t go entirely offline but instead, choose when to access your social networking sites and networks. It puts you right in the driver’s seat.
They might not be the best cuddlers but we can’t really resist going off to sleep without cell phones. In a study, 50 percent of people reported sleeping with their gadgets next to their beds and another 15 percent left theirs in their bedrooms somewhere out of control. Watch out if you do so because your phone is doubling as your alarm. You’re inviting all over the world — every Facebook friend, reporter, blogger — to your bed. Seeing your mobile the first thing when you wake up can allure you to use it further affecting your work schedule. Switch to a real alarm clock and give yourself 10 to 20 minutes, or even an hour, when it buzzes to forget your phones while you prepare for the day. You can start your day on your own terms, not someone else’s, and feel more inspired, restful, and less anxious.
Keep a habit of noting down your tasks for the day on a paper and not on your phone or smartwatches. This offers you a clear path and streamlines your productivity as you know what the day has in for you. Tick off every activity you complete and reward yourself. These rewards can include listening to songs for 10 minutes, a go-to-fridge walk, a power nap, and you can also chat with your dear ones but try doing things for yourself, things which add up to your “me-time”.
Using your phone to listen to a playlist taking a break from the study is quite inevitable. But while music is a proven way to wake your brain up, stopping mid-interval to answer a text or to like an Instagram picture isn’t your mind’s most productive way of burning oil. Before you pace up to study, turn your phone to Airplane mode or on Do Not Disturb, so there’s no temptation to check it. You’ll not only sculpt better focus but you’ll be more likely to reach that blissed-out, endorphin-soaked mindset by focusing on your work, and not your social network.
Much like before running a mile you wouldn’t be running a marathon, you need to ease yourself into taking breaks from the digital world. Start by putting down your phone for 15 minutes, one day without looking at it. The next day, break 30 minutes away from technology, and so on. Or allocate a full-say, Twitter-free Tuesdays to stay away from one social media site once a week.
Once you start becoming a pro at this, you will realize that now you actually don’t feel like consuming a lot of social media content. Your compulsory need for it will decrease so much so that you might even feel like not using it at all!
As we follow no stringent schedule in college and take it as an absolute escape from our tedious school life that we followed, it becomes necessary to organize our study time and slots for assignments. Just to develop ourselves as a “cool” kid of group or be it out of interest, college leverages you with the freedom to play games for hours without a care about missing out on something. So another way is to completely eradicate online games or set fixed timings. Set milestones for your work and when you complete them reward yourself with some game time or any other activity that you enjoy doing.
Since not being linked 24/7 has virtually become a cultural stigma, the biggest worry many people have about doing a digital detox is that others may not be able to reach them. If you’re ready to take the leap to an entire unplugging day or weekend, put to use-“digital safety nets”. Tell family, friends, and colleagues that you’re going offline — and use technology to do that. Send e-mails, texts, and tweets at least one week in advance, and set up an out-of-office message away. You can also write that you will be unachievable for that period of time on your social media profiles.
Identify the places or applications you’re spending all your time on and ask yourself why you’re drawn to them, then build a way to achieve real-life satisfaction. If you’re inspired by Instagram due to the creative images, visit a friend’s art gallery. Plan a run or a walk with your mates if fitness blogs are your go-to. And when the urge emerges to share a picture, create your own “Instagram filter.” Make a frame with your fingers and take for yourself a visual snapshot of the sunset or perfect bouquet, not your followers. It will truly enrich your experience. Science suggests that if you connect with all your senses for a moment, you will be more likely to recall that later.
If a molten cake craving kicks in, it’s smart to keep one-serve of dark chocolates at hand to nosh when you’re on a diet. Do the same with a digital detox. Have things available to occupy you when your phone or laptop triggers an urge to search up. Consider buying magazines, a book, or a new nail polish or simply head out for a walk and just take in what’s happening around you. You will feel more thoughtful when you are fully present in the moment. Your stress levels will dial down and you will develop stronger relationships as you chat with friends and family.
Binging on social media apps or clinging onto some Netflix series is also important like watching study tutorials. You need a balance of everything. This might go off track but practicing yoga & being flexible makes your juices flowing and keeps you active throughout the day. You might not realize might these small little escapes really boost up your productivity and it clearly reflects on your work. If you are struggling to make a stern schedule, remember you’re not the only one who is struggling hard. There are many trying to connect dots and fix issues. Don’t worry, College Schedule Maker has got your back and would surely lend you the support you are in need of. Just strive hard to take a single step every day and you would be startled seeing how far you have come.