*Set clear boundaries around ‘work’ and ‘home’ times and places.
*Work in a different place to where you sleep, if possible.
*Hide your smartphone while you work on your laptop.
*Take a 15 minute screen break for every hour spent on screens.
*Eat your lunch away from screens.
*Use audio and voice calls as an alternative to video conferencing from time to time.
*Block social media while you work.
*Switch off smartphone notifications for blocks of focused work time.
*Blink regularly to avoid dry eye and digital eye strain.
*Take breaks outdoors at regular times if possible.
*Stand up and move around during lesson breaks. Run up and down the stairs if possible.
*Set-up your school desk away from your sleeping space.
*Use Do Not Disturb mode on your phone while studying.
*Use the Screentime app limits on younger children’s phones to block social media during the ‘school’ day.
*Develop your own rituals to mark the end of the school day.
*Don’t place your phone down on surfaces outside your home.
*Clean your phone regularly with diluted soap and water.
*Don’t use alcohol-based wipes on your phone.
*Don’t take your phone into the bathroom with you.
*Avoid letting anyone else touch your phone.
“It was great to ‘lose’ my phone. I thought it would be stressful but it was surprisingly easy. I will definitely have down-time with technology in the future.”
"I found myself connecting much more deeply with the people around me. Without distractions, our conversations were much richer and more interesting."
"Small talk becomes big talk and silences become longer, more comfortable. It occurs to me how frantic technology makes me."