Daily sparkGeen categorie 20 February 2017
Let’s go offline – 30 day challenge

Remember the time you told your friends on MSN you were going offline because the internet was ridiculously expensive (or you wanted to attract your crush’s attention)? Oh, happy days. Imagine telling your MSN-loving self you would struggle with going offline for just five minutes in 2017. Digital demands and distractions slipped into our lives and it’s unthinkable to live without it anymore. One of the hardest parts of being a millennial? (trying to) Go offline and actually enjoying it.

Making time to go offline is healthy: it boosts your creativity, it helps you rediscover were you’re passionate about, it relieves stress and it’s definitely a winner for relationships. When was the last time you made time to unplug and enjoyed the offline things in life? If you had to think for at least 10 seconds, you make a perfect candidate for our little challenge.

The challenge / the rules
30 days, 30 moments of full offline commitment. We’ve selected some of the finest (and fun) offline activities for you. Choose the ones you like, drop the ones you don’t and add some to challenge yourself even more. Try and complete one activity each day for thirty days in a row. Before you start: treat yourself on a fresh notebook (click for some cute stationary inspo), because every new project deserves a good start. After completing each activity, you reflect. How did it go? Was it hard? How do you feel? Write it down, knowing that reflection is a very important part in growing.

Now it’s time to enjoy your own company and challenge yourself, although it’s not like you’re going to say goodbye to your phone/iPad/laptop for the next 30 days. Of course, Pinterest is not prohibited. And so is Facebook. You’re learning to let go irrelevant distractions. And that’s something we should all keep practising.

The activities

#1 Go to a museum

#2 Tell someone you love him/her (in person)

#3 Go to a cafe with a friend and have a drink / play a board game. Leave your phone at home.

#4 Practice yoga: in a class, or online (Yoga with Adriene is a personal favorite. And it’s free!)

#5 Delete your Facebook / Twitter / Instagram apps from your phone for at least 24 hours

#6 Introduce yourself to someone you haven’t met before

#7 Smile at a stranger

#8 Make a list of all the places in the world you want to go to

#9 Clean out your closet (win-win: a clean environment clears your head)

#10 Write a letter and post it to a good friend (or a tiny present)

#11 Give someone a compliment

#12 Walk through a neighborhood you haven’t been before

#13 Open the windows (and enjoy the fresh air – come on, breath in deeply!)

#14 Cook something delicious for someone

#15 Set your alarm clock: watch a sunrise

#16 Stop and look around for five minutes

#17 No television for 24 hours

#18 Make something (we’ve got plenty of cute DIY projects for you)

#19 Call a friend and listen to their story

#20 Donate your old clothes (if you did your #9 clean out that is)

#21 Buy a newspaper and read it

#22 Put your telephone on flight mode for a whole day

#23 Ask someone for directions

#24 Take three deep breaths

#25 Take a different route to your work/school

#26 Start your day stretching

#27 Swap a book with a friend

#28 Put on a song and dance!

#29 You can only check your email three times today

#30 Meditate for five minutes (there are a lot of apps around – Buddhify is one of my favorites)

Let's talk

31 comments

    Roxanne

    Jaaa dit is te leuk! Ben de lijst in maart doorgelopen. Komt er binnenkort weer zoiets?

    Oooh yes wat leuk om te horen! Heb je zin in nog een challenge? :)

    Roxanne

    Jaaaa! Dat zou erg fijn zijn. En als dat niet lukt, doe ik deze gewoon opnieuw ;)

    áltijd een goed idee ;) ik ga op een nieuw lijstje broeden!

    Lucy

    This is great! I’ll definitely be doing this :) As someone who suffers from anxiety and blogs about it, I’ve already been an avid digital detoxer. It’s quite ridiculous that we live in such an anti-social world! Bring back the 90s!
    Life inside the Locket

    Bring back the 90’s! Such a good idea. Let us know how you’re doing! :) And good luck!

    I love this! I’ve been trying (very hard) to be more in the present and truly just enjoy my surrounding on the weekend (while i have my family with me), but it’s been really hard to do that when I’m on my own.

    herwandertales.net/

    Digital detox is the best! I try to do it myself, especially during the weekends. It feels very liberating :)

    xx
    Yvonne
    http://organicbeautycrave.com

    Love this post! Thanks for sharing and please take a minute to check out my lastest post too if you can, I would love to hear your thoughts.
    http://www.nataschacox.com

    That’s such an interesting concept. I’ve been trying to be minimal when it comes to the internet as well. I dropped many social media platforms and now only care about a few but only for a few moments a day and it’s been so good. I feel like nowadays everyone on the internet is so… annoying haha no one can state their opinion without having a bunch of people hating them. I feel like my blog is my only safe space right now and I love it because I can live life more.

    These are some great tips… I wonder if I’m ready for a challenge like that, but hey, I’ll only find out if I try… March is going to be the month for me :)!

    Yes for trying! I hope it works out well for you! :)

    Love going offline. I don’t realize how much I’m on it until I’m not on it for a long time and it feels so so good. Loving all of these ideas.

    http://www.throughmyowneyes.com

    :)

    Love this idea so much. I definitely struggle with going offline, I imagine that this challenge would be pretty hard :)

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

    Oh, it’s so hard. But it’s healthy too. :) x

    I’m having a bit of a forced offline-challenge at the moment as my internet is down at home! (not at work, which is where I am right now).

    These ideas are good, and I’ve certainly found I have so much more time without the internet stealing my attention all the time. The weekends seem longer, that’s for sure!

    What’s more challenging,however, are the little bits in between time – the 10 minutes while you’re waiting for someone, or the few minutes it takes for the kettle to boil. That’s when I found myself reaching for my phone to scroll through Instagram or Facebook, so some tips for filling up these times while being offline would be amazing! :) (So far, I just read books… a lot!).

    Flora
    http://www.theeverchanginghome.com

    I just did a 30-day offline challenge myself, where I deleted Facebook app and messenger and didn’t log in for a whole month. I didn’t really have any expectations, but it made such a difference to my focus and productivity! And I didn’t miss it one second. When I decided to go back online, I actually felt anxious about it. Now I only log in once a day on my laptop and I am not installing the apps on my phone again. :)

    I really love this idea! I don’t feel like doing this now, but for the next month or soon it would be a great idea! Although I need to say I’m not that hard anymore in going offline for a few hours. I really enjoy it, so it makes it easier to go offline now I know how great it feels to don’t feel the need to be online all the time.

    Savannah

    Challenge accepted x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

    I’m definitely doing this. Very realistic goals and I could really use it.

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com

    Wat een leuke puntjes! Een heel leuk iets om offline te doen is naar het bos gaan en foto’s maken. Uiteindelijk eindig ik dan wel met het bewerken van deze foto’s op de computer of mijn telefoon haha.. maar ik kan er zo van gnieten!

    This is amazing :-) Lovely idea.

    Missing Wanderer

    We’re happy you like it!

    so nice!
    xxx

    http://www.dominiquecandido.com

    Thank you!

    Thanks for the suggestions in the challenge. I’m not going to do the challenge, but instead pick some of these things to do! :) Oh, and those MSN days… those were the days…

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    Weren’t they? Love MSN!

    I would love to do this – is it bad that I thought about how I would love to share my thoughts on each activity on my blog though? It seems I can’t even unplug my brain from thinking about the internet!

    No, that would be great! We would love to read your thoughts about this on your blog! Will you mention us? Good luck! :)

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