Do you spend a lot of time online surfing websites, using social media, and hanging out in chat rooms?
Looking to spend less screen time at home or at work?
While the internet is arguably one of the greatest inventions in history, it can also be one of the most distracting!
It’s a good idea to disconnect from the internet on a regular basis.
In this post, I offer several tips to help you spend less time online.
Start a new hobby.
Have you been meaning to start a new hobby this year?
Why not try surfing, knitting, crochet, baking, calligraphy, walking, crafting, roller skating, scrapbooking, painting, singing, watchmaking, woodworking, stamp collecting, reading, pottery, birdwatching, playing a musical instrument…or any similar pastime of your choice.
Just make sure it is screen-free. Maybe there’s an old hobby of yours you’d like to start-up again?
Disable your internet connection.
Whenever you sit down to do some work, switch off the internet connection. You’ll be less tempted to open to open up a web browser and start surfing. If you’re really tempted, make sure you completely log out of your social media and email accounts before disabling your internet connection. Make sure you press the “Log Off” button.
Spend time with your friends and family.
Isn’t it about time you spent some time with the people you love? You could set up coffee breaks, lunch dates, dinners, playdates, walk dates, game nights, or outings to the park, museum, or concert hall. For a real online-free experience, ask everyone to switch off their electronic devices, too, and simply enjoy one another’s company.
Set up an offline device.
If you own a desktop, as well as other electronic devices, such as a tablet or laptop, consider setting up one of those devices to be wifi-free. Not all applications or programs need to be connected to the internet. You may find this setup to be particularly helpful if you need to spend your time focused on a task, such as writing, reading articles, or designing graphics.
Conduct some on-site research.
Contrary to popular belief, everything isn’t online. There’s tons of information that hasn’t been digitized! Just think of the information you may be missing that is only available in archives, books, photos, documents, or reports. Try visiting your local library, a nearby research library, private bookstores or booksellers, or make an appointment to visit the collections of a historical society or museum.
Use a website blocker.
If you’re short on self-control, you may want to consider using a website blocker. These apps allow you to block your favorite websites for specific periods of time so you can get work done, or just spend less time in front of the screen. Here’s a few apps to try out: Self Control, Cold Turkey, Focus, and FocalFilter.
Take an in-person class or course.
As convenient as online courses and classes are, there is no substitute for learning a new skill in person. You’ll learn a new skill, meet new people, and will be able to get immediate feedback from your instructor or teacher. Sign up for a course at a nearby school, community center, or library.
Turn off your electronic devices in the evening.
Spending too much time online after work or school? Set a switch-off time and completely turn off your computer, cellphone or tablet. No sleep or standby modes are allowed; you absolutely must turn off the device completely so that the motor is not running.
How about you? Do you spend a lot of time on the internet? Which of these tips are you going to try out? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!