Give your life a digital declutter

4 step action plan

Use the next four weeks to change how, when and why you use technology.

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While some technology makes our lives easier, other types just seem to swallow time. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering where the last two hours went after you jumped on social media for a quick look, you’ll know the feeling!

Keen to do something about it? You’re not alone: 60 per cent of Australians say they’re trying to limit how much time they spend looking at their phones . And the good news is – as well as pulling back on other types of technology – it’s 100 per cent possible. 

This 4-week action plan will take you on a digital-minimalism journey, so you can keep the tech you find helpful or useful and separate yourself from the rest. 
 

Time to complete

  • 4 weeks

Benefits

  • Lower stress levels
  • Better sleep
  • More time to pursue healthy habits
  • Increased social connectedness
  • Improved mood

Actions

Reflect and reset

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Reflect and reset

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If you want to change how and when you engage with the tech in your life for the better, the first step is recognising your existing patterns of behaviour. After all, you can’t change what you don’t know, right? And then you need to hit the reset button.

Discover how to make these key steps work to get your digital-minimalism mission off to the best start.

Reconnect with what makes you happy

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Reconnect with what makes you happy

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A big plus of spending less time on your devices? More time to do other things.

But it works the other way, too: doing other things will help fill the tech-sized gaps and fight any stress you might feel in the early stages about being a little less plugged in. It’s a win-win.

Find out how to engage with what makes you happy, including how to choose and use more effective ways to catch up with your family and friends.

Embrace mindfulness

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Embrace mindfulness

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Mindfulness delivers a range of health benefits, everything from improved mood to less forgetfulness and higher self-esteem. It’s also a chance to both practise and increase your brain’s ability to focus and concentrate . 

So, with research showing that smartphone use increases when we’re bored , it’s a useful skill to nurture right now. Use week 3 to learn how to do it. 
 

Set yourself up for success

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Set yourself up for success

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Time to make your new and improved tech habits stick long term. As well as ensuring you’ll continue to enjoy the health benefits you’ve hopefully begun to experience – you’ve just done three weeks of good work – you don’t want to let it slide now.

Discover how some simple tips, tricks and techniques can help you stay digitally minimalised for good.
 

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I've just gotten in to Gardening and enjoyed spending time outdoors on the weekend - I am so looking forward to other ideas on de-cluttering the electronics and digital items I have gotten so used to using so much. Thanks so much for organizing this for us.
I think I'm a bit too old to change!