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Lifehack Challenge: 24 Hour Digital Fast

Lifehack Challenge: 24 Hour Digital Fast

Are you too connected? Have you handed too much time over to ever-present technological marvels that offer charming reasons to take up every moment of your life? If you,

  • Reach for your phone the moment you wake up
  • Check your email while still working on a reply
  • Have ever silenced your child or ignored a loved one’s voice so you could pay attention to “internet friends”
  • Can’t go more than 30 seconds of silence without breaking out a mobile device

There’s a good chance you might be suffering from over-connectedness. What’s the solution? For many, a little time away from the madness is all it takes to regain a healthy perspective and jump back in with a smile.

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    That’s where this Lifehack Challenge comes in.

    This is a challenge for you to go on a 24 hour digital fast. What’s that? You take 24 hours and spend it completely free of the electronic devices that take up your every waking moment.

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    Unlike the Early Riser challenge that lasted for 5 days, the digital fast is only 24 hours. This will work best because most people can disappear for 24 hours without a remote contact even wondering about them. You’ll be able to take 24hrs for yourself and not even worry about going through all the work of letting your contacts know what’s happening.

    Why would you want to do such a thing? Because you’re wondering if you can. Even better, you’ve already decided that you can and simply needed a little push to make it happen. That’s what the community here at Lifehack can provide for you: a little push. We’ll be here before and after, but during your digital fast it’s just going to be you and the people you spend time with face to face.

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    Still interested?

    Here’s how it works.

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    1. Choose either the 10th, or 11th of this month (April) as the day for your digital fast.
    2. Tell some of your friends what you’re going to do. The social pressure of telling others can often prove helpful in bringing about change. Want a little extra pressure (and encouragement)? Join us on Facebook or leave a comment below saying you’re in!
    3. Plan ahead for what you’ll do with all the extra time you’re going to have. It’s important that you stay busy when you’ve been accustomed to checking your iPhone constantly!

    So, pick your day, let us know one of the things you plan to do with your digital-free day, and come find us on Facebook where I’ll be sharing extra tips and thoughts from my experience with breaking free of the need to be constantly on.

    Welcome! Now it’s time to set you free, at least for a day, from all those devices that drive you nuts.

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    Last Updated on November 19, 2019

    How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

    How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

    When you become an early riser, you’ll experience a lot of benefits including feeling more energized and having more time to do what you want.

    If you’d like to become an early riser, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your oft-ignored alarm clock.

    So how to become an early riser?

    Here are five tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper to early morning wizard:

    1. Choose to Get up Before You Go to Sleep

    You’re not very good at making decisions when you’ve just woken up. You were in the middle of a dream in which [insert celebrity crush of choice here] is serving you breakfast in bed only to be rudely awakened by the harsh tones of your alarm clock. You’re frustrated, angry, confused, and surprised. This is not the time to be making decisions about whether or not you should stay in bed! And yet, most of us leave the first decision of our day to be made in a blur of partial wakefulness.

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    No more!

    If you want to be a consistently early riser, try making your decision to rise at a specific time before you go to sleep the night before. This frees you from making the decision in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Instead of making a decision, you have only to follow through on your decision from the night before.

    Easier said than done? Of course. But only for the first few times. Eventually, your need for raw willpower to get out of bed will diminish and you’ll be the proud parent of a new habit!

    Steve Pavlina suggests you practice getting out of bed during the day[1] to get a few of the “practice sessions” out of the way without the early morning fog in your head.

    2. Have a Plan for Your Extra Time

    Let’s say you’ve actually made it out of bed 2 hours before you normally would. Now what? What are you going to do with all this time you’ve discovered in your day?

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    If you don’t have something planned to do with your extra time, you risk falling for the temptation of a “morning nap” that wipes out all the work you put into getting up.

    What to do? Before you go to bed, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. Do you have a book to write, paper to read, or garage to clean? Make a plan for your early hours and you’ll do more than protect yourself from backsliding into bed.

    You’ll get things done and those results will fuel your desire to build rising early into a habit!

    3. Make Rising Early a Social Activity

    Your internet or social media buddies just don’t have enough pull to make your new habit stick in the long term. The same cannot be said for the people you spend time with as part of your early morning routine.

    Sure, you could choose to read blogs for two hours every morning. But wouldn’t it be great to join an early breakfast club, running group, or play chess in the park at 5am?

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    The more people you get involved in making your new habit a daily part of your life, the easier it’ll be to succeed.

    4. Don’t Use an Alarm That Makes You Angry

    If we’re all wired differently, why do we all insist on torturing ourselves with the same sort of alarm each morning?

    I spent years trying to wake up before my alarm went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. I got pretty good, too. Then I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized that different ring tones irritated me less but worked just as well to wake me up. I now use the ring tone alarm as a back up for my bedside lamp plugged in to a timer.

    When the bright light doesn’t work, the cellphone picks up the slack and I wake up on time. The lesson learned? Experiment a bit and see what works best for you. Light, sound, smells, temperature, or even some contraption that dumps water on you might be more pleasant than your old alarm clock. Give something new a try!

    5. Get Your Blood Flowing Right After Waking

    If you don’t have a neighbor, you can pick fights with at 5am, you’ll have to settle with a more mundane exercise. It doesn’t take much to get your blood flowing and chase the sleep from your head.

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    Just pick something you don’t mind doing and go through the motions until your heart rate is up. Jumping rope, push-ups, crunches, or a few minutes of yoga are typically enough to do the trick. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

    If you live in a beautiful part of the world like me, you might want to use a bit of your early morning to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the world around you.

    If you have a coffee shop open within walking distance, dragging yourself out of bed for a cup of coffee to savor on your walk home as the world wakes around you is a wonderful experience. Try it!

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