6 activities for you when you practice digital detox.

6 activities for you when you practice digital detox.

Sometime back, I read a post on my friend, Vidya Sury’s blog, about ‘Unplugging’ on a particular day of the week. For, spending time doing things that do not need a phone, laptop or even the television, and being ‘in the moment’ without the disturbance of the constant pings of notifications, makes life so peaceful.

It’s become a necessity today for us to reclaim our peace of mind by living the life we lived before the arrival of the gadgets, and hence digital detox is the need of the hour!

As much as I did stay away from my phone on a daily basis, I needed an entire day of the week when I wouldn’t even look at my phone or the laptop. And, so, I decided to make some changes in my Sunday schedule.

I MADE SUNDAY MY ‘STAY UNPLUGGED’ DAY.

I do check my phone in the morning on a Sunday for any messages, but then I switch it off. I might check it again once, but otherwise, it stays out of my line of vision.

I busy myself in completing chores that I don’t find the time to do during the week. I also spend some time indulging in self-care, like pampering myself–giving myself a facial, mani-pedi, colour my hair or groom myself.Apart from these, I busy myself doing some other activities I am going to share with you today.

JOURNALING HELPS:

Preparing a To-do list every first week of the month helps me remember all the things I need to focus on.

I prepare a bullet list for all my activities:

Household choresDe-cluttering

Cleaning

Healthcare

Blogging

Digital Detox

Under every topic, I make a short entry of what I need to work on during the month and then, every Sunday, I tackle those chores, one by one. Of course, I do not blog on Sundays, but the rest of the work I tick off my list as and when I an done with it.So, my to-do lists help me greatly in completing the tasks and making sure nothing gets left out.

HOW TO SPEND A DAY WITHOUT GADGETS

DE-CLUTTERING:

This is one of my favourite activities…all thanks to my mother’s genes that I inherited, I am obsessed with cleaning and purging.

De-cluttering is also one activity that helps me clear my mind even as I clear my home. Every Sunday, I pick one area or one corner, one shelf or one drawer, and then work on discarding stuff I haven’t used in the past year, and replacing the rest of the things in order, so that they are easy to locate when needed.I usually put away smaller items in boxes and label them, a la Marie Kondo!πŸ˜‰

De-cluttering the physical room to de-clutter the mental rooms!

Give away the books you have read so that someone else can read them and enjoy them!

So, until now, I have sorted and de-cluttered my wardrobe, the kitchen cabinets, the library, the shelf with all the important files, the medicine boxes, the loft in the kitchen and the storage area of my bed.It feels fabulous when I admire my handiwork. I love gazing at all these areas with all the necessary stuff arranged neatly and zero clutter to spoil the look!

BAKING:

I started baking with much enthusiasm in 2017. I had my cousin and bestie to guide me during all my baking endeavours, and I found it so relaxing and invigorating that I wished I had had a career as a baker! Last year, though, things went downhill and my baking supplies lay forgotten in a corner of my kitchen. But, on the 31st of December’18, I decided I would begin baking again and that’s what I did.

Fun activities to do on a Sunday!

I bake most Sundays, and hubby loves the activity, too, he being such a fabulous chef. It’s like I am learning it all over again, but it feels wonderful.Breads, cup cakes, pizza…we have been doing these on Sundays, and I plan on continuing it in the future, too.

ART:

Sunday afternoons are best spent working on some artwork. Be it a Mandala, a Zentangle design or an illustration, I play my favourite music and work for a couple hours.Time well spent!

Art to keep away technology

Not only does my mind stay occupied, but also my art keeps improving, and that makes me feel fantastic!Couple weeks ago, I did stumble upon a digital art app available on my phone and made a couple of abstract artworks, but yesterday, I felt that using the app on a Sunday disturbed my digital detox mantra, so I uninstalled that app and am back to my book and pencil for my artwork.

Last month, during the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I took an art break. Well, I had become rather lazy and did nothing on Sundays except watching movies on Netflix. Hubby and I would watch two movies, back to back–which was our fun-time.

But, last week, I decided to do away with watching television, altogether. It was taking up precious time, straining my eyes and giving me headache, and being a blogger, I can’t afford to neglect my eye health, can I?So, now on, it’s total unplugging on Sundays.

READING BOOKS AND NEWSPAPERS:

Sundays are now spent reading the news in detail, and not just skimming through the papers. Moreover, the kind of articles they publish on Sundays are the kind I love reading, and writing, too…so, this way, I get to learn a lot.

CANDLE-MAKING:

Okay, this one activity took place only on one Sunday, but it was something I had been planning since ages. I gathered all the unused candles lying at home, melted them in a double boiler, added some colour to it, and poured the wax in a pickle jar which had lost its lid, and a few tequila glasses that would never serve their purpose.Best out of waste....

I loved this activity, too, but I am not going to indulge in it again, because, well, what will I do with all the candles?

MEETING MOM & DAD:

I saved the best for the last.

Most Sundays, I go visit my parents who live half an hour away from my residence. And, what a time I have there! All the pampering by mom, arguing with dad, playing with my little nephew and cracking jokes with my bro and sis-in-law…HAPPINESS, indeed!

 

Put away your gadgets and spend time with your family.

Now, isn’t that a Sunday well spent?

All I can say is, “Hail, Digital detox!”

How do you spend your Sunday? Do you ‘Unplug’, too? If you don’t, then I would suggest you try it out–at least for a few hours– and see for yourself how amazing it feels.

Love,

SHILPA…

 

 

Why you need to 'UNPLUG'

22 thoughts on “6 activities for you when you practice digital detox.

  1. I honestly don’t know if I am capable anymore of unplugging… I would love to do so… my entire life over a decade seems to have become a combo of hospital life or mobile life alone. And yes, I know I need a change… i need to get back to art in some form. I used to be good at it as a kid. Just lost the time for it.

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    1. Maybe you could start cooking on weekends, or in your free time. Cooking makes for a good stress-buster, and for a foodie like you, it will be the best thing to do. And, it will also keep you away from your gadgets πŸ˜›

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  2. That’s a perfect Sunday. Show us some pictures of your decluttering please. That’s something for which I need to gather a lot of will-power. I love your sketching. I shared your froggies with my sister and she agreed that you’d make a great children’s book illustrator.
    Oh as for the candles – they make for lovely gifts. I love your idea of a gadget-free day.

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    1. Tulika, after reading your comment, I shared two pics of my de-cluttered wardrobe and book shelf…and I myself feel so good looking at them!

      Thanks so much for your encouragement, dear Tulika! It keeps me going, you know! I am waiting for the day when someone feels I can do some artwork for their children’s book. ;P

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  3. I love your Sundays. The lazy me cannot believe, however, how can you accomplish so much in a single day. Don’t answer because I may know the answer as well. You know it has got easier to stay off social media on weekends these days kyunki pata hai koi nahin hoga online and there will be no fresh updates. As regards the candles, I will go with Tulika’s advice. You can gift them. Or maybe start a candle making venture in the near future. And, you have the talent of being the children’s books illustrator. You are an extremely talented person. Amazing human being? Okay, that also πŸ˜€
    Arguing with dad! I remember the dragon wala post. I wonder who wins it at present because in my case it is still my father’s words as final as always.

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    1. Hahaha….you do have a fab sense of humour!
      But, first of all…a big thank youuuuuu, Anu!! Itni tareef meri bahut dino baad suni…so feeling like,”Aajkal paon zameen par nahi tiktey mere!” ;P

      Candle making..nahi yaar. Jo hai wohi theeek se karu, utna kaafee hai. Book illustrator toh is high on my list. Am just waiting for some writer to offer me their story to make illustrations.

      About the arguing with dad part…well, now I win the argument, coz dad isn’t as scary as he used to be. I, too, have grown up, thodi duniya bhi dekh lee, so I know how to use my words and irritate him and make him laugh, all at the same time!
      But, there are times when dad wins the argument coz he says something really annoying. I am sure someday you too will win an argument with your dad. Dekhna! ;P

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  4. What a lovely post and how talented you are, Shilpa! With all the things that you can do – ‘full shy is coming’ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    I do unplug on weekends but it is not as organized as you are. I am not a lot in household chores so weekends I do clean a bit and organize. Mostly it is time with VT, reading and sleeping. Loved your list!

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    1. I used to be quite disorganised earlier, Parul, but then reading about the need to take a break from all gadgets at least once a week made me realise I needed to clean up my act, for the sake of my mental health and peace of mind. πŸ™‚

      I am really not as talented, yaar…it’s really nothing when you see what all others do brilliantly! πŸ˜›

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  5. The digital detox is a good idea and liked the idea of making a weekend list. Somehow, have not been able to put away the phone, a bane in today’s times. I will try journaling during the weekend and reading, clearing work desk and wardrobe. I will try it and liked your approach!

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    1. Journaling actually helps put things into perspective, VIshal…that’s what I have experienced. And, once you write it all down, you have it in front of you, in black and white, the stuff you need to work on.

      DO try it out, I am sure you will enjoy your Sundays with all the free time πŸ™‚

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  6. That is an excellent Sunday (thank you so much for the mention, Shilpa!)
    My Sundays are pretty much similar except for the candle making – I end up doing something else. But I definitely enjoy a lot of family time as everyone is at home and sometimes friends drop by.

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    1. My candle making activity was just the first and the last one, Vidya…it gets too hot standing in the kitchen in front of the gas burner for so long, so that’s something that’s not going to happen again. πŸ™‚

      Family time is the best thing that happens on Sundays. πŸ™‚

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