Yes. We are writing about disconnecting from the internet, on the internet. The irony is not lost on us.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott
There are several factors that keep us glued to our devices and work besides the proven fact that it raises your serotonin levels and gives us a little burst of pleasure.
In the age of working remotely, the same technologies that allow us to work from anywhere also catch us in a perpetual cycle to always be working (eg. Someone glued to their email on their phone while literally sitting on a beach).
Set regular hours for yourself. Keep to them.
Consider taking email off your phone. If this seems like too large a step than consider turning off your phone, or placing it in airplane mode, at a certain time each evening.
Get rid of your triggers. Are your social media accounts sending you constant notifications? Turn them off. If that stresses you out more, then filter them. Try using different notification sounds so you know when something comes in from a source you need to respond to in the moment or from something that can wait.
FOMO is real. But don’t miss out on your own life and wellbeing.
Tell people your boundaries. Consistently communicating your boundaries to others, especially people you work with, will allow you to better keep those boundaries. Clear boundaries actually free you to bring the energy and attention you want to your work.