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Top tips for a Digital Detox Over Christmas

Posted Monday December 9th, 2019, 9:08 pm by

Top Tips for Christmas Detox

Will you enjoy a digital detox over Christmas and switch off from work emails?  If ever there was a time of year to have quality time with family and friends, it’s Christmas. Nonetheless, many people find it hard not to check their work emails.  They feel someone expects them to be reading emails even on Christmas Day.  But do they?  Or is it just a cover-up for some form of email addiction, fear of missing out, personal inadequacy, etc.

We have written many times before about the importance of having an email free vacation.  A full digital detox would involve switching off from all digital devices.  However, the Christmas period is probable one of those times when you will want to use digital media (eg WhatsApp, FaceTime etc)  to contact family and friends who are not going to be with you.   That does not mean you should also take a quick peak at work-related emails and social media posts.  Make the Christmas break a time to re-balance the work-life balance and have quality time with those you care about and who really care about your well-being.

Here are five top tips to enable you to safely switch-off from work related emails, relax and enjoy at least a partial digital detox.

  1. Prepare key colleagues and clients; alert them that you will not be available over the break.  If you do have any special ones who might need you, give them a phone number as the contact point.
  2. Clean up your before the break. Move all old emails out into a separate file just in case you really do need them again. Flag those needing your attention in the New Year and move them to a folder.
  3. Set a safe and simple Out of Office. Give away as little information to prying eyes as possible. Click here to a reminder on safe and simple OOO.
  4. Lock away your office mobile device (and laptop etc) and use only your personal one.
  5. Alternatively, switch off the work-email feed to your smart phone/mobile device.

Remember too that this is a high risk time for cyber attacks Click here to top tips on how to improve your defence to potential cyber attacks especially at home.

 

 

 

 

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