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You Will Need
- Books and puzzles
- Quiet place
- Friends and family (optional)
Set goals and parameters for your digital fast, like the specific gadgets you want to give up and for how long. Expect withdrawal symptoms -- multitasking with several gadgets can have addictive effects.
Stimulate your brain in other ways. Read a book or play puzzle games to keep your mind active and distract yourself from your addiction.
Connect with someone
Have a face-to-face conversation with someone to replace the rush you get from digital communication. Find people with whom you can express yourself as you would online.
Be in the moment
Be more present and observant in moments when you'd normally be distracted. Scientists believe a few moments of quiet downtime spread throughout the day can help you learn better and retain more information.
Identify technology's importance
Toward the end of your fast, make a list of moments when technology would have been useful and when you were happy without it. Then, use the list once your fast is over to strike a new balance in your life.
Return to technology
Break your digital fast by slowly reintroducing technology, remembering to control the role it plays in your life.