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Management tips A digital detox for internet dependence Do you remember the ephemeral havoc when google went down for five minutes in August 2013? It caused a massive impact causing 40% traffic-drop. Besides the geek-concerns, the impact also indicates a worldwide obsession of web known as internet addiction or internet-dependence. Internet is the new reality of our time whose distractions fuel our cycle of procrastination, kill creativity and, degenerate productivity. This virtual aura is difficult to ignore and the obsession continues to grow. So, abstinence from internet is the new challenge which ironically has become a fad. Like body detoxification, digital detoxification is to get rid of prolonged exposure to digital life(basically internet-linked) to dodge the negative psychological maintain sound health. If not everybody, the tech world is taking it seriously. Advanced gadgets and apps have been developed in the past few years to help people abstain from internet. The failure of each shows that indepence from internet is a challenge if not add How to: On a daily basis, choose a time best for you when you can completely turn off all your devices and invest your time in doing something non-digital and organic. Promote hobbies like yoga, meditation, cycling, painting, writing, traveling without digital aid or internet as a source of entertainment. Read a book (paperback). Challenge yourself for long-term abstinence(week or month(s)) from internet to get out of the digital cocoon and stretch towards positive changes. Don’t take pictures, or at least not with an intent to post it on social media. 48 Versatile | MARCH-CHAITRA 2018

Management tips There is not a mantra that can help you dodge those facebook notifications, neither is there any proven phenomena to keep you from reading what somebody you have never met has to say about you. However, here are a set of must-dos to help you start your mission if you are not sure where to start from. And in ideal case, they are 100% effective. 2. Admit it: We all are obsessed to virtuality in varying degrees. However, only some realise this fact. And a very few acknowledge or seek help, among which only a handful successfully deal with it. The first step to internet independence is admitting to the level of dependency. 3. Assess yourself: In this phase you help yourself to design the pattern of your dependency and make a personal strategy to intervene. Make a set of personal questionnaire that could include: Note the applications and social platforms you use. Why do you use apps that you use? Frequency of your social media visit. Grade each on the basis of necessity. Estimate the time you spend on social media everyday. Why do you want the change?(List the problems you’ve faced and can change.) change.) The objective of assessment is to reflect on yourself as an internet user and intervene the negative impact of internet on your life. 4. Approve intervention and take action: Don’t page your plan, implement it as soon as you design it. Begin with a plan or intervention advance to each strategy gradually. Don’t make prompt changes that could discourage the new behaviour. Take one step at a time. You could start off by: - Uninstalling the apps that you don’t need. - Unsubscribing the channel or switch off social media notification. - Turning off your phone or wifi before bed and not turn on wifi for the first two hours in the morning unless it is urgent. - Bookmarking the videos/articles for leisure when at work. - Including exclusive social media segment in your daily routine. 5. Strengthen your GK: Although this application works best for digital nomads, the beneficiaries could be anyone who wants to be productive at work. The principle of pomodoro is time management. It keeps you from distractions at work by adapting to customizable appblocking mechanism and benefits you by timeboxing, tracking and recording the work. 6. Pomodoro it: Although this application works best for digital nomads, the beneficiaries could be anyone who wants to be productive at work. The principle of pomodoro is time management. It keeps you from distractions at work by adapting to customizable appblocking mechanism and benefits you by timeboxing, tracking and recording the work. 7. Maintain consistency: Breaking the chain of a habit requires great commitment to desired change. A period of 21 days is considered conventional way of sustaining a new habit which is subjective. It is possible only through an integrated approach of both body and mind. That is, train your mind and orient your body towards your goal. Make sure you add these six steps to your year round to-dos for a productive year ahead! Versatile | MARCH-CHAITRA 2018 49

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