5 Day Digital Detox Taught Me 2 Lessons

INTERNET BREAK

Waking up and grabbing your phone off the bedside table before morning coffee pushes you into a whirlwind of finger scrolling. Not too long after reading last night’s missed text, Instagram feeds light up your screen with a forty-minute journey to liking photos and following accounts.

My morning routine doesn’t consist of scrolling through social media but after prayer, reading Vogue or PORTER and staring out the window, I’m online responding to emails and searching for content inspo. My eyes are locked on fashion/lifestyle magazines, WordPress blogs and YouTube videos.

JustNatonya 5 Day Digital Detox Taught Me 2 Lessons

Last Monday, after watching a girl boss YouTube video late morning, lightning struck our city’s main tower storing the internet connection. Thankfully no one was hurt but the intense storm burnt the facility causing internet and television services to be down for 5 days.

No WiFi means limited research, no posting and no communicating with my audience. Are people reading my blog if I’m not promoting it on Twitter? Will I lose followers? I publish posts 3x/wk and zero posts we’re uploaded last week! Cue the silent scream😱. All valid questions with a simple revelation. The unintentional delay forced me into a much-needed digital detox to sharpen my organizational skills.

My break was an eye-opener blog wise. Last week, not one single post was released because I was unprepared. My digital detox created an opportunity to finally relax but tighten up skills such as writing higher quality posts, sharpening photography techniques, organizing content and breaking bad blogging habits.

JustNatonya 5 Day Digital Detox Taught Me 2 Lessons
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Plan Ahead…Way Ahead

Write in advance. Simple right? Never knew how disorganized I was until our WiFi went down. My blog planning was a mess with a non-existing schedule, which is why I didn’t have any posts published last week. Let’s be real, it wasn’t because I was busy, just PURE laziness.

Typically, I’ll procrastinate unloading posts by writitng the day of or one day before it’s due…bad habit. My irresponsible behavior has caught up with me, so now it’s time to change. I want to take blogging more seriously and make a career out of it, so I need to stop taking advantage of my platform and make healthy use of it by getting organized.

If you want to grow, put in the extra work. Plain and simple.

Since I publish 3x/wk, my new goal is to write at least two weeks in advance for an endless flow of content. I’ll utilize Twuffer to schedule tweets, Trello for strategic weekly to-do lists and a journal to organize topics.

Doing Nothing is Productive

When I wasn’t researching the net, I took time to pray and connect with God. I literally sat and listened. Ironically, I was more productive praying than sitting in front of my computer, searching and planning. How was this possible? My mind was clear leaving way for ideas and creative thoughts to flow more freely.

This era rests in the theory busy means productive but it’s not always true. While I wasn’t doing anything physically, my mind was doing something…it was relaxing.

Resting helps you stay strong. No worrying, just sit and do nothing.

Whether you’re praying, watching the clouds, taking a nap or any stress-free activity, be calm and still. Sit and do nothing because sometimes the smallest effort is preparation for your best performance.

During my break, I took time to myself by relaxing, which helped me produce more content. I learned not to overwork my mind with getting stuff done, basically gaining the less is more attitude. Adopting this way of thinking helped me wrote 8 blog posts and snap 8 photo sessions! How liberating is that?! Well on my way to writing two weeks in advance.

JustNatonya 5 Day Digital Detox Taught Me 2 Lessons

Totally Worth the Break

Breaks from the social media or the Internet are necessary to encourage growth and learn more about yourself. Put your phone down, pick up a book, hang with friends or sit and do nothing to free your mind from the captivating blue screen.

Don’t limit a digital detox to the weekend, feel free to take one between Monday and Friday; even twenty minutes is worth the break.

When was the last time you had a digital detox from social media and the internet? Share the lessons you learned.

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. Chloe chats says:

    This is a great post, and it’s good to see how it helped you! It’s definitely good to have a digital detox every so often, the weekend just gone I ended up traveling to catch up with family and friends so I did zero content writing and was barely scrolling social media – but it was really lovely to have that time away from it. I would like to be more organised with my blog posts as well and be a few weeks ahead. Lovely read, thank you!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Chloe thanks for reading. I’m so happy you had time away from social media and dedicated it to love ones. One step at a time to getting organized. Start writing a couple posts per week and then build your way up to more to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

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  2. Great post 👌🏼 And great tips

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    1. justnatonya says:

      So happy you liked the tips. Thanks 🙂

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  3. Chanel Medford says:

    we all need a social media detox. Pray more = happy life.

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I agree Chanel, praying certainly makes my life more vibrant and colorful 🙂 Thanks for reading sis!

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  4. I’d love to have an internet break soon because I’ve seen the good it can do. Such an interesting post girl xx

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks Morgan! Get your break in because it works wonders on the heart and mind 🙂

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  5. I should take more digital detox breaks, thanks for the reminder!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      No problem, thank you for reading!

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  6. Kudakwaishe says:

    Oh Natonya! I hope the storm wasn’t part of the hurricanes trolling the States in the past weeks!!
    Doing a digital detox is a step towards leading a meaningful and healthy lifestyle because we find time to reconnect with ourselves and Our Creator (and also realize how much we are worth and stop photoshopping as you said in your last post). I was amazed that you took the time to connect with God, thats really amazing.
    planning ahead is a weakness of mine because the moment I finish a post in advance I would want to roll it out that moment. Thank you for some amazing tips there.

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    1. justnatonya says:

      You leave some amazing comments on my blog! It really pushes me to produce more meaningful content because I know it speaks to people like you. I think our state received the rain from the hurricanes. Appreciate your support ❤

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  7. I was forced to go on a digital complete detox when my phone got missing and I learnt I was just a popular loner up in people’s face. I mean, no one texted to check up on me as to why I wasn’t posting cause I’m an internet junkie…I post every hour everyday. Just a few people did anyways and I realized I’m a little less addicted to the internet. It’s been a good and bad feeling but I know how that feels.

    Also I ran out of scheduled post after I scheduled for two months, it made me lazy and I had to fall back to the creating content rush. Lol

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  8. Taking a break from social media is always a good thing, sometimes it’s great to just let things be!

    Be much organised is much better though!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I agree you guys, just let things be ✌🏾

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  9. thebakingbackpacker says:

    I try and do this but coulddo much better! I try and write posts in advance too but end up with ten half written ones lol

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Hey ten half written posts are better than zero written posts, at least you started 🙂

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  10. Being someone who’s self employed and works a lot from my phone and is reliant on my laptop, this sounds like my worst nightmare but I know the benefits of a digital detox would be so good for me. I’m glad you took some really positive things from this experience!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks Jenny! I learned a lot about myself. I know I can’t stay on the computer all day everyday, it’s not practical for my mind.

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  11. I think we all need an internet break sometimes, it’s so important to have time away!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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    1. justnatonya says:

      So true, just like everything in life, its better with moderation 🤗

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  12. great post! I have the same problem with writing a post the day before it’s meant to go up, it’s not like i’m lacking things to write about I just am lazy and only write once a week. I need to get better about that because I want to post once a day in the lead up to christmas and if I don’t plan ahead I’ll never accomplish that. I’m glad you gained from your detox but i’m also glad that you’re back xx

    mich / simplymich.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Hey Michelle!! Thanks girl, it does feel good to be back. I know, I want to write a blogmas at least one week’s worth this year! Gotta set that up soon 🙂 Appreciate you reading my blog 🙂

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  13. Joan Senio says:

    Natonya, I can really appreciate this post. For me, it’s essential to have posts written a few weeks ahead of time, and scheduled. My job just doesn’t allow me to work on the blog every day – so it’s a comfort to know that if I get sucked up into last minute craziness at the day job, the blog will go on! The other thing for me is that I don’t always FEEL like writing. So when I feel like it, I write a lot – and save it all for the future. Other times I feel like doing research or promoting the blog, so those things happen when my brain feels like those chores too. Being ahead of the curve also means if I get sick, or someone else in my family does, I can take some down time without “neglecting” my followers! Thanks for this post – I enjoyed it very much.

    Joan
    My Best Friend Adeline
    http://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Joan I just like how organized you are, which is what I’m working on right now. Definitely taking on the tip, writing more when I feel like it. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  14. Lexi Vranick says:

    Love this! I’ve wanted to do a digital detox for a long time and this has only convinced me more. Definitely an experience everyone should have. Great post! Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Glad you enjoyed this post Lexi. Go for you it, the break will bring in tons of revelations for you 🙂

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