Journey of 24/6: How to Start Tech Sabbath or Zero Screen and Technology One Day A Week
Before I start, my partner and I have different kinds of reasons to start our tech sabbath. So, go easy on yourself and your partner.
For me, I found the screen really consumes me, I start to get overwhelmed with every information I get from the Internet, during my non working hours I will just lay and watch Netflix, the healthy reason: my eyes is getting worse and I find it hard to get away from Instagram (hours scroll, see someone else’s life that builds the imposter syndrome in me). That’s why I started to reduce my instagram use and jump to zero screen a day.
For my partner he’s starting because I’m asking him to try. I need to ask him twice until he agrees, because he thinks he has no urgency to reduce the screen time. But when he tries, he realises that he needs it. He started to recognize his feelings and the moment we experienced during our tech sabbath.
If you think about starting “Zero screen one day a week”, and want to ask your partner or family with you, later I’ll share how I manage to ask my partner to try this with me.
Let’s go deeper into “24/6 Journey or Tech Sabbath or Zero Screen One Day A Week ”, You name it…
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the constant flow of information and technology in your life? Maybe it’s time to consider taking a tech sabbath.
A tech sabbath is a designated period of time when you disconnect from all electronic devices and technology, including your phone, computer, and television. This could be for a few hours, a full day, or even an entire weekend. It’s a chance to recharge and reset, allowing you to focus on the present moment and reconnect with yourself and those around you.
Taking a tech sabbath has numerous benefits.
For one, it can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Research has shown that constantly being connected to technology can lead to feelings of overwhelm and burnout. Taking a break from technology can help you to clear your mind and feel more relaxed.
A tech sabbath can help you to be more productive in the long run.
By taking a break from technology, you can give your brain a chance to rest and recharge. This can help you to be more creative and focused when you return to your work.
A tech sabbath can help you to be more present in your relationships.
When you’re constantly connected to your phone or computer, it can be difficult to fully engage with the people around you. By disconnecting from technology, you can be more present with your loved ones and truly enjoy the time you spend together.
I’m not just saying it for the sake of science theory, but my partner and I also experience those things. There is a time where me and my partner sit together and play guitar and sing. He starts to cry over a song, which does not happen in our daily lives before we start tech sabbath.
We found that the next day we woke up fresh from the early sleep last night. We start to laugh more, even when we get some wounds because we tried to separate our dogs from fighting. We become so creative and productive during our weekdays.
My partner even said that Sunday, which is our Tech Sabbath day, is the day that he’s waiting for.
If you’re interested in taking a tech sabbath, here are a few tips to get started:
- Choose a designated time period. This could be a few hours, a full day, or even an entire weekend. My partner and I go for 24 hours on Sunday, it’s easier for us since everyone is on their weekend day off.
- Let people know that you’ll be disconnecting from technology during this time. This will help to manage expectations and ensure that you’re not interrupted. For me I let my coworker know that I’ll be away and say “#techsabbath I’ll be away, on Instagram”.
- Plan activities that don’t involve technology. This could be anything from going for a swim to enjoying the beach or just cooking and inviting friends to your house. I’ll write about some ideas about what to do during our tech sabbath in my next article.
- Use this time to focus on yourself and your relationships. This is a chance to recharge and reconnect, so make the most of it! Like really!
I suggest you to read 24/6: Giving Up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity and Connection by Tiffany Shlain to help you start your Tech Sabbath Journey.
In conclusion, taking a tech sabbath can have numerous benefits for your mental health, productivity, and relationships. Give it a try and see how it can improve your life!