How to Unplug for the Holidays

Anyone doing a digital detox for the holidays? If so, you’re not alone. We’re going to try to at least limit our usage somewhat but now that we think about it, we don’t have a concrete action plan.

Lucky for us, the folks at Mashable created one. Incorporating a variety of strategies into their game such as “internet eraser” and “the login liquefier,” there’s one that truly resonated with us.

Yes, the “workaholic’s withdrawal.” 

The piece points out:

“This simple option is perfect for professionals who believe the skies will come crashing down if it takes more than 15 minutes to respond to a client email. The Workaholic’s Withdrawal is a complete cleanse of all work-related communications.”

It sounds pretty simple. They suggest turning off that work phone and hiding it in a safe place so it’s out of sight, out of mind. That is, if your work phone is separate from your personal one. If you can swing it, instead of bringing it home, just leave it locked at your office so you won’t even be tempted to check messages.

And if your work phone and your own phone are the same device, literally unplug. Deactivate your work inbox from your email settings and remove apps that send notifications about work tasks like calendar items.

Decluttering sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Let’s face it — so many people will be out over the holidays so it’s unlikely you’ll get anything urgent. (If you work on a news desk, disregard everything we just said.) For everyone who works on deadline or on projects that aren’t tied to breaking news, enjoy your detox!