Episode 175 | How to unplug, unwind and think clearly in your digital life | Daniel Sih
This episode is all about making space in your digital life. You will learn how to deal with your digital clutter. My guest is Daniel Sih. He’s a productivity consultant, speaker, and author of a fabulous new book titled Space Maker: How to unplug, unwind and think clearly.
I thought I knew all about the impact the digital world has on my life. But I didn’t. Not by a long shot.
Daniel has opened my eyes to the incredible ways technology has shaped my life and yours. The way it has shaped our brains. And where it can all lead if we’re not conscious and deliberate in our response. And best of all, he’s got some wonderful practical tips to get us started.
If we get lazy and ignore the truth, this whole technology thing has the potential to hurt our lives. But if we’re wise, deliberate and discipline, we can squeeze it for it value and at the same time, live a happy and fulfilled human life.
Do a digital audit
It’s like keeping a food diary. It might be ugly, but at least you know what you’re dealing with!
Take a digital day off
Yep! 24 hours. Every week. Plan it and wait for the benefits to flow.
Charge your phone outside your bedroom
Maybe, even chat with the person you share a bed with!
Have digital free meals with your family
It’s a keystone activity that has all sorts of benefits in the short, medium and long term.
The problems with Digital Life
The devices we use are made to addict us. That’s a problem. A big one. It’s bad for us and it’s making us sick. But beyond that we need to recognise that the habitual use of technology changes our thinking and changes our identity. And it changes the way we understand ourselves and our story. This is why learning to disconnect is so critically important.
Digital life is toxic
If you spend more than three hours on new media every day, your suicide risk factors go up.
In the 1970’s doctors would smoke during surgery. That is unthinkable now. But back then it hadn’t become this normative understanding of how ridiculous that is. And we are absolutely going to look back and say the same thing. We ae all going to be asking ourselves “Why did we give our children smartphones without filters and give them Snapchat when they were 12 years old? “