11 Jul Summer Unplugged Challenge 2017
At Time To Log Off, we share great insight and tips on how you can learn to unplug and reap the benefits of a better online:offline balance. One of ways we love to do this is by setting a variety of digital detox challenges. You might have spotted our Log Off For Love Valentine’s Day challenge or our 30-day Digital Detox challenge. But as the summer holidays are soon approaching, we’re welcoming back an old favourite revamped for 2017 – our Summer Unplugged challenge!
What’s the Summer Unplugged challenge all about?
Summer is the perfect season to start your digital detox adventure. Longer days and warm evenings give you loads of opportunities to put down your phone and get outdoors to enjoy the weather. Well, fingers crossed..! We know it’s much more difficult to start in winter when you probably just want to curl up in front of the TV, so seize the opportunity!
Why take our Summer Unplugged challenge? We believe that taking the time to step away from our devices allows us to better connect with our loved ones and focus on our own happiness. Less time spent immersed in our ‘always-on’ culture frees your mind to recharge, become creative again and protect your mental health from the pressures of the online world. And setting a good example is important as a parent. Did you know that 27% of children say their parents have double standards about technology? We don’t expect you to throw away your devices and live like a nomad this summer, but we challenge you to make some small changes to your routine and that of your family’s. You’ll soon be wondering how you survived the summer holidays without digital detox.
How to get involved with 2017’s Summer Unplugged challenge
Print out our print Summer Unplugged challenge and follow the seven steps to a summer spent unplugged. Don’t forget to let us know how you’re finding the challenge by using the #SummerUnplugged hashtag online, too.
#1 CREATE SUMMER ‘NO-GO’ AREAS FOR PHONES
Can’t get outdoors today? Don’t worry, instead create areas of your home which are designated phone-free zones. We often suggest making your bathroom a phone-free space due to the amount of time we waste when we take in our devices. Time is precious and summer is short.
#2 GO FOR A TRIP AS A FAMILY AND LEAVE ALL DIGITAL DEVICES AT HOME
Day trips with the family are a big part of creating fantastic summer memories. Make sure everyone is 100% present to enjoy the fun by leaving all your digital devices at home. Why not take a retro Polaroid camera to capture the highlights?
#3 BUY ALARM CLOCKS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
When it comes to the best motivations behind logging off, we always mention sleep. Did you know that your smartphone could be the reason you struggle to fall sleep? The blue light emitted from our screens keeps us feeling alert and interrupts our natural sleep and wake cycles. Swapping smartphones for alarm clocks removes the need for them to be on your bedside overnight. You’ll be less tempted to scroll in bed and will wake up naturally, rather than by checking all your social feeds.
#4 COME UP WITH INDIVIDUAL UNPLUGGING GOALS
Every family member will have different digital vices. Setting individual goals is a good way to ensure the challenge works for everyone. If you often check work email in the evening, why not commit to taking it off your phone during the challenge? And could your kids benefit from spending less time on Snapchat and Instagram?
#5 LOG-OFF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUR FAMILY HOLIDAY
The challenge doesn’t have to stop when you go on holiday, if anything, you should take things up a notch! We’ve recently written lots of tips for logging off on holiday, as many as 38% of us can’t go a day without checking our email. Social media also consumes a lot of our time while we’re away. Commit to logging off from your social accounts as a family and spent proper quality time together.
#6 GET OUTSIDE MORE
It’s no secret that getting outdoors is good for you, whether you’re exercising or not. At Time To Log Off, we believe that nature is the antidote to wasting time online. So, reverse that mindless scrolling and spend some time enjoying the little things in life. Even a dog walk will do!
#7 AGREE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER
Digital detox isn’t easy. But it’s about small changes to your day, rather than a dramatic lifestyle overhaul. So don’t moan at your family members if they struggle to log off, support them and remind them why it’s important to take a step back from technology now and again.
It’s that simple. Seven steps to a summer unplugged and your family feeling better as a result. Good luck and don’t forget to let us know how you get on!