Recently I started, once again, spending too much time looking at monitors. I woke up with headaches, suffered insomnia and was constantly overstimulated. Quite weird for someone who's writing a book about escaping technology over consumption. But, due to a series of recent events in my life I was stuck in this situation. This scenario however created a great bootcamp to experiment a new habit: Digital Shabbats.
After first reading the description of technological shabbats by Tiffany Shlain's, founder of the Webby Awards, I felt that I needed to try this "ritual" at least once.
One day a week (usually Sunday or Saturday) I completely unplug myself from all form of digital communication. Cell phones, Notebooks, Tv's are all switched off for 24 hours.
The different mind mode that is set by following this ritual instantly resets my brain. Disengaging from the hyper-connectivity of the modern world makes me see clearer, focus faster and solving my weekly problems in a glance. Relaxation causes an efficient inner reflection.
We need to learn how to escape from the slavery of our digital tools. Evolve with them and know when to turn them off to regain a righteous balance in life.
Life is what happens to you while you're looking at your smartphone.