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Welcome to BS’ing with Brandi where our mission is to #GetShitDone. I'm your host Brandi Good and today we’re going to talk about digital detoxing, especially for business owners and entrepreneurs who are in situations where they legitimately can’t just completely turn off their phone.
Our topic today came from my experience with this exact situation combined with a whole lot of articles about young people and phones. Articles that, to be honest, really pissed me off. There is one, to this day, that still kind of makes my blood boil. I don’t remember who wrote it or where it appeared, but it was praising this group of friends who had implemented a policy when they got together for drinks or dinner: all of the cell phones get stacked in the middle of the table, whoever picks up their phone first before the meal is over has to pay the bill. Apparently this young group of friends were more enlightened than their counterparts since they put their phones down and talked to each other - “ooh, technology is bad, fire is scary, thomas edison was a witch”.
Why does it piss me off so much? Because clearly this group of friends has nothing urgent going on in their lives - no seriously sick kids or family members, no waiting for test results, no client emergencies. If I was in that friend group I would have gone BROKE picking up every bill and here’s why - I had a really sick husband who nearly died on me twice from 2008-2012 and then for 5 years after that was on the heart transplant list waiting for the call.
No shitting way was anyone going to make me put away or turn off my phone.
Now...this is probably not your exact situation, but there are plenty of perfectly valid reasons why you need to stay available...
So today I’m going to break down some of the ways that you can detox even if you can’t 100% turn off your phone or put it in a drawer or escape to the mountains where there is no signal. This is loosely based on a blog post I published a few years ago - I’ll share the link in the show notes - before my husband got his transplant, so as I go through the points below I’ll mention if I have changed how I do them now:
The #1 reason you struggle to detox
Practice self-care by ditching the guilt
What to do with social media
What to do with email
What to do with your phone notifications
Customizing ring tones/text tones
My 3 foot rule
What to do with clients
That wraps up today’s episode of BS’ing with Brandi. If you enjoyed this topic, you can find more like it at bsingwithbrandi.com, along with show notes and links to any resources mentioned today. While you’re there, feel free to subscribe to future episodes on the platform of your choice, and I wish you all the best getting shit done this week!