How and when we choose to use our personal digital devices can have a significant factor on our personal well-being. It is important to be aware of the significant role that digital devices place in our everyday productivity, happiness and well-being. Individuals, educators, and students are encouraged to set a few parameters to ensure that digital well being is at the forefront of their device use consideration.
Be purposeful and active with your time online
The majority of your time online should be spent learning and creating. It is important to be an active consumer of information, to engage in creative tasks, and to be aware of your time online. Every time you login to a digital device it should be for a specific purpose and for a set amount of predetermined time.
Try to avoid or limit passive screen time on apps
Passive screen time is the absent minding scrolling through social media apps or watching streamed video content. It is the silent killer of time, productivity, healthy routines, and mental health. Try to limit your passive screen time to no more than thirty minutes a day, or push yourself even further by avoiding it altogether for a day or more at a time.
Enjoy a device free activity every day for thirty minutes
Ensure you are blocking off at least thirty minutes a day to enjoy an activity outside of a digital device. This device free activity could be a nice home cooked meal with family, a walk along the beach, reading a book, or taking the time to explore a passion or hobby. Thirty minutes off the grid will do wonders for your digital well-being and enjoyment.
Immerse yourself in positivity
Purposely choose to surround yourself with individuals online and offline who inspire you to be a better, kinder, more thriving version of yourself. Choose to follow others on social media that contribute to your thinking in new and positive ways, and surround yourself with others that support your personal growth and celebrate your successes.