Digital Detox, FOMO and Achieving Work-life Balance as a Social Media Marketer
There’s no doubt you’ve read flowery posts from people who have just returned from a digital detox where they spent their days doing yoga, blissfully disconnected from the world.
That sounds amazing. But realistic? Probably not.
Research from the world’s largest remote work conference, Running Remote, shows that maintaining work-life balance is a top concern for anyone with an “online” job. When your work requires diving into the latest trends and your social life is dictated by your smartphone, cutting down on screen time – let alone achieving “work-life balance” –can seem impossible.
The good news is that small changes may help you reap the Digital Detox benefits (i.e. reduced stress, improved sleep) without sacrificing your career or social life.
But first, you need to get over the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
If something significant happens, you will hear about it.
Giving into the digital world means giving up something in the real world. Waking up to reach for your phone instead of your partner, or responding to the latest comment over cheering on your son’s hockey team, is a trade-off. Maybe it’s time to rethink what you are truly scared of missing out on.
Not convinced? Consider how you leverage “FOMO” to get your clients clicks and views. Don’t fall for your own tricks.
Here are 5 easy Digital Detox strategies that you can implement without going completely MIA.
1. Get an Alarm Clock
Remove the temptation of starting your day on your phone by getting a real alarm clock. Not having it next to your bed when you wake up will work wonders to kick your check-your-email-first-thing-in-the-morning habit.
2. Create Rules
No one wants to sit at a dinner table with every member of the family tapping away on a device. Create simple rules you can stick too, like no phones at meal times or no screens one hour before bedtime.
3. Tell People
Telling others about your digital boundaries puts the pressure on to follow through, and alleviates the pressure to respond immediately. Set an autoresponder for work-related matters, and let friends know you are trying to limit screen time. Don’t get into the habit of making exceptions for certain clients over others, unless it’s truly an emergency (which it probably isn’t).
4. Turn Off Notifications
Not everyone will respect your boundaries, and you may need to take it upon yourself to give airplane mode a go. Keep your phone on silent, and remove notifications so you don't get pinged with taunting pop-ups. If you feel ambitious, try removing your work email from your phone.
5. Schedule Time ON
Knowing that you will have time later in the day removes the “when will I do it” anxiety, and may help you resist in-the-moment temptations. Being intentional about when and how you will engage helps you be more effective and use your time efficiently. What if you have 30 minutes to spend with on your personal accounts? Where would you spend it? What would you do?
Looking for more ways to managing the never ending notifications from both your personal, and clients’, accounts? Learn cutting edge strategies to virtually “clock out” from the experts at the 2019 Running Remote Conference from June 28-30th. With the special promo code ‘vultlab’, you get 20% off the ticket price.
Megan is a remote work specialist passionate about creating content that empowers organizations build an exceptional remote work culture and thrive in a virtual business environment.