Get offline, get outside!
Offline is the new luxury!
When you decide to take time off and recharge your batteries, it is a great idea to leave your mobile phone somewhere deep in the bag. The natural beauty and soothing environment in and around The Lovat hotel is immediately relaxing and worth enjoying without communication interruptions – so put your phone down for longer than a minute!
At the recent, Change Your World conference, The Shine Offline marketing agency offered some great reasons to why you should take time away from your smartphone. This is what they said:
Rise and Shine
A 2014 study found that the average smartphone user reaches for their phone by 7.31am to check emails and social media. At Shine Offline we’ve invested in alarm clocks to remove the smartphone from the bedroom and found the leaving our phones off while we get up, dressed and eat breakfast makes for a better start to the day.
Out of sight, out of mind
If your smartphone is always within arm’s reach, the temptation is to check it every few minutes. Make sure there are times you turn it off, put it in a drawer, your work bag or even a sock! Make some rules about your phone free time – a proper break for lunch, to focus on an important deadline, or children’s bedtime.
Turn off your notifications
If the apps on your phone are set to alert you to emails, social media and every time there is a bid on your old sofa on eBay then you will be distracted by it all day. Turn the default notifications off or even remove certain apps from your phone altogether. Make use of ‘flight mode’ and stop texts and calls coming through.
Good old fashioned pen and paper
Any questions on any topic can now be answered through the power of Google. Amazing. But the distraction of constantly going online can get in the way of a productive day. The solution is simple. Carry a small notepad and pen and every time something pops up that requires you to go online resist the temptation of doing it there and then. Start a list and a few times a day go online to action it.
Use the loo as your throne
So come on, admit it, have you dropped your phone down the toilet? At least 1 in 5 of us has. As well as being a nightmare for insurance claims did you know that the bathroom is where you have most of your creative thoughts?! So why not treat a call of nature as an opportunity to give yourself a break from your smartphone? Who knows what flashes of genius may come to you!
Shiny appy people
Ironically if you struggle with self-discipline when it comes to reducing time spent on your smart phone, you might find the best solution is an app. We’ve tested loads and some of our favourites are Offtime, unroll.me, Pocket and Forest. Check them out and see what works for you.
Tea is better with time offline
Do you ever go to take a sip from cuppa and find you have drunk it all without realising? Or realised you’ve managed to inhale a whole chocolate brownie without really tasting a thing. Us too. Take the opportunity to take a break from technology and truly enjoy every daily pleasures.
Be mindful and reclaim the pause in your day
It is impossible to be present in the moment when you are constantly bombarded with information from digital devices. Mindfulness meditation can help you reclaim some space to focus on what is important. Resist the temptation to automatically reach for your phone every time you are on your commute or waiting for an appointment. Take the opportunity to let your mind rest and rejuvenate. Read a book, look out of the window or just close your eyes and breathe.
Start today and tell us your positive thoughts on shining off line!