Digital detox for students is an interesting topic. On one hand, students have to spend time online. From e-learning to independent research, from homework to staying in touch with classmates, there is no way around it. On the other hand, they need to take breaks – or face burnout and stress, which tank academic performance.
If you’re a learner looking to detox from the internet, you’re probably worried it might impact your grades. With this in mind, we have prepared a step-by-step guide on how to kill two birds with one stone.
Step 1. Set Your Digital Detox Goal.
Decide how much time you as a student are willing to spend on digital detox and why. Do you want to de-stress after class? Do you want to get your homework (or cramming) done? Are you looking to improve your sleeping habits? These are some common digital detox goals, but yours might look very different.
We suggest you write them down.
I want to clear my head after class because it helps me get things done later in the day.
Step 2. Schedule Your Time Offline.
Look at your digital detox goal and decide where it’s going to fit into your schedule. Continuing our previous example, it might look something like this:
One hour offline right after class, Monday through Friday.
In this case, you could spend the hour taking a walk or socializing. You could also spend it studying. It fully depends on your definition of “clear my head” (Step 1).
Important! Contrary to the popular belief, students can stay productive while doing digital detox. Use screen-free wearables like Scripter to write essays and take notes. Voice tech is your ally.
Scheduling digital detox is important because it helps build a habit. Detox regularly, and your brain will get used to it.
Step 3. Adhere to the Plan (Using These Tips & Tricks).
The first few days are going to be the toughest. It’s called digital “detox” for a reason, and you’re going to crave some screen time.
If you do relapse, do not take it personally: just pick up where you left off.
Pro tip: Get your study buddies on board. If you do digital detox with other students, you build a powerful support network.
Here’s a few tips on how to avoid an impending relapse:
Change location. Switch your desk for an arm chair. Go outside. Study in the kitchen. The idea is to avoid places you associate with being online.
Work with your hands. Physical activity boosts your cognitive performance – and makes it harder to browse the net.
Talk to people. A good conversation will make you forget all about social media.
When you go to bed, leave the phone out of your reach.
Step 4. Adapt & Improvise.
You might find your initial plan obsolete, sometimes even after a week. College can be unpredictable, and that’s okay. There is no “right” way to do digital detox. Nothing is set in stone. It’s good to tweak your goals, move the time around, and try different things.
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