Daily spark 30 October 2017
Digital detox challenge: Let’s go offline #2

Illustration by: David Shrigley

Remember we made you an AWESOME offline challenge, earlier this year? Many of you emailed us asking if we could come up with a new challenge because you’ve finished the list. Whoa! So here it is, a brand new list for you to tick off (and make sure to let us know how’re doing!).

Why did we come up with a list like this in the first place? Well, because we believe it’s important to do more things that make you forget your phone. And because everything is easier when you don’t concern yourself with what everybody else is doing. 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.

Or, how Shauna Niequist brilliantly puts it: “And on the days when you peer into the screen of your laptop and all you see are other people’s peak experiences that highlight your lack in that moment, remember that life isn’t about the story you tell about yourself on the Internet. It’s about a million more beautiful and complex things than that, like love and faith and really listening. It’s about using what you’ve been given to craft a life of gratitude and passion and grace.”

That’s why. Now enjoy the digital detox!

The challenge
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 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 practicing.

The activities

1. Improve your skills and cook something you’ve never done before.

2. Call your parents (or your siblings. or your auntie. call family!)

3. Go to see a movie by yourself.

4. Grab a camera and take photos of things you like in your neighbourhood.

5. Buy food for a homeless person.

6. Stock up on stationery that makes your life better – glitter pens, anyone?

7. Color code your wardrobe – because you can.

8. Dance as nobody’s watching.

9. Eat lunch outside. Actually feel the breeze in your face and really enjoy your meal.

10. Take a deep breath. Check in with your body, clear your mind and continue with your day.

11. Rediscover the art of handwriting and write someone a letter. Post it, too.

12. Start working your way through the books on your shelf you never read.

13. Instead of checking the time on your phone, invest in a new watch.

14. Wake up early to watch sunrise.

15. Make something with your own hands.

16.  Buy fresh flowers.

17. Meditate for 5 minutes.

18. Plant something: whether it’s a tree for the community or something in your home garden.

19. Go for a walk outside. Leave your phone at home and be present in your surroundings.

20. Make a photo album rather than a digital album.

21. Host a board games night

22. Bake something tasty and treat your colleagues (or, if you’re a freelancer go-getter: treat your neighbors – anyone has neighbours!)

23. Make your own body scrub, using either salt or brown sugar, olive oil and essential oils.

24. Go a day without turning on the tv.

25. Take a look at your list of goals and break them down into baby steps.

26. For your last week, try and detox your routine. Try and stay off your phone (so no checking emails and social media) for the first 2 hours after waking, and the last 2 hours of the day before you go to bed.

27. Reconnect with an old friend in person.

28. Make a bucket list for 2018.

29. Take a different way to work.

30. Disconnect your wifi for the weekend (or two days during the week) and make do without it. Oh and turn-off 3G and 4G networks too ;)

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3 comments

    Geweldig dit! Echt goed dat jullie hierover schrijven, de sociale media is alles vandaag. Maar we moeten ons ook wel soms eens afschermen, want heel dat sociale media verhaal, heeft ook zo zijn negatieve kanten.

    Ik ga zeker wat proberen van jullie lijstje.

    Veel liefs,
    Sofie van http://www.ampersandnation.com

    This is such a great list! I cannot wait to plough through all of these fab ideas, particularly excited about hosting a board games night and cooking something I’ve never cooked before. Thanks for the inspiration to let go of time wasting on the internet!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

    Wow, 30 days! I don’t think I’d be able to handle that length of time just yet. Maybe I’ll start small with a few hours, then one day, then one week and gradually ease into it! I applaud anyone who can go offline for 30 days!

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

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