Today’s guest Jay Shetty is a storyteller, former monk and superhero friend of the podcast. He’s an award-winning host, storyteller, and viral content creator, and his Jay’s viral wisdom videos have garnered over 4 billion views and gained over 20 million followers globally. He’s here to tell us how we can start a digital detox today in order to improve our health and productivity.
In this conversation, we explain why awareness is half the battle of detoxing, and how a digital detox sheet will help you reduce your tech usage. We’ll give you some practical tips to help you to be successful in your detox efforts, and explain why you should try out some no technology zones in your house. We’ll explain why trying to completely quit technology never works, and how you can achieve a big change with small steps.
DIGITAL DETOX STEP 1
- Think about it like a diet: you first have to look at what you’re putting into your body
- Health isn’t just about what you eat, it’s about what you think
- The first step is awareness
- Set up a digital detox sheet and journal your awareness: it will do half the work for you!
- Once you see how much time you’re spending on various apps (Facebook, Netflix etc.) it will assist you to change
- You can check your app usage on your iPhone or check your stats within Instagram
DIGITAL DETOX STEP 2
- Build no technology zones within your home e.g. no technology within the kitchen and bedroom where you can build better bonds with other people
- Set no technology times within your home e.g. Jay used to lock his phone outdoors in the car, used a real alarm clock to wake up
- Keep your phone in another room, do not wake up to your phone—will save you so much time and hassle
DIGITAL DETOX STEP 3
- Don’t switch between using lots of technology and no technology: build a diet and slowly remove parts of it
- Remember that when you reduce your consumption you’ll come straight back and want to do it e.g. when you starve yourself of anything your mind wants to go to the other extreme
- Once you build your digital diet sheet, set out your parameters in your home and your boundaries, only try to remove one thing at a time (e.g. Facebook, Instagram)
- Make your change a big priority, and a small step
- Little things are done consistently add up to big things
- Do one every week for a month: most of us try to change four things in one week when all you need to do is change one thing in one week for four weeks and you’ll have a beautiful result
- Don’t forget to take a screenshot of this episode, tag us both on social media (@JayShettyIW & @jimkwik) and share what you’re going to do as part of your digital detox with us!