07 Dec 12 digital detox blogs of Christmas #2
Our Presence Not Presents campaign challenged twelve bloggers to put down their phones for two days pre-Christmas, to experience logging-off and focusing on family and friends. We hope that their stories about their experiences will inspire you to consider a digital detox of your own. Second in the series is …
Mum in a Nutshell
Ali Chapman is the definition of a social juggernaut. She manages to juggle all of her social followings through her phone. “I use my phone to create posts, editing photos, creating graphics, scheduling social media updates to Buffer and then reply to personal messages.” So how is she going to face the digital detox challenge? Well we supplied her with some items to get her on her way.
“I’ve long been a believer that children need your time more than material things.
Ali is a strong believer of spending time with her kids; despite her hectic schedule. This is a good sign. However she will be the first to admit that it does usually involve the digital world. “I put my son’s favourite TV show on the iPad while I mediate for 10 minutes using an app on my phone followed by my daily 5 minute planking exercises which I time using, you guessed it, my phone.”
Luckily for her, the challenge came with an ‘anti-smartphone’. The Mp01 phone by Punkt is a great tool to keep connected by allowing you to use simple functions such as texting and calling. “I’m not going to lie to you, it was excruciating but with a Punkt phone, which reminded me of a modern and classy version of my first Nokia 3310, it was doable.”
To Ali, trying a digital detox was a vital step to take as she spends most of her time on her phone or in the digital world. “I’ll put my hands up, my phone is never far away and is in use pretty much constantly from the moment I get up, throughout the day and before I go to bed. 24/7 my life is digital. Be it working on the computer from home or using my phone, I’m hooked up most of the time.”
So how did she manage to survive two whole days without her smartphone and digital connectivity? She used one of the other items we supplied to her for the digital detox challenge, a colouring book. “The moments when my itchy fingers ached to check in to my emails, I calmed my mind with some colouring. Man that is so therapeutic! Kids really know what they’re doing and why the chuff do we stop as adults?”
“I forgot how good it feels to lose your self in written words and then look back at the page”
It’s easy to forget how things used to be without smartphones and digital devices to aid us with writing. Some of us don’t even remember the last time we put pen to paper. Ali rediscovered the virtues of writing things down by hand. “I forgot how much I loved making sure each letter was positioned on the lines, each loop and letter a unique window into my personality. Handwriting is so personal and reveals so much about a person and it felt good to get my thoughts out of my head and onto paper.”
“I think you’d be mad not to join me in giving your presence as the present this year.” Give our Christmas digital detox challenge a try, even Ali will be spurring you on! If you think you can take on the challenge why not try a digital detox retreat and see if you can last even longer!