What are digital habits?
At BlockSite we believe in making technology work for us and not the other way round. We are strong believers in keeping our lives free from distractions and addictions and making sure we always improve our lives.
Most people, when they think of digital addiction, think of the hardcore gaming types that are glued to their computer screens for hours a day. However, today digital addiction is not just that. Most people wouldn’t question their digital habits, but do you know how much time you spend on your phone, email or social media everyday? The digital world is changing every single day and we often don’t have the time to keep up before the next thing comes out. So how can you make sure your digital habits are kept in check? and how can you stay focused at work? Keep reading to find out!
How to Improve Digital Habits?
It’s the same story time and time again. You’re right in the middle of doing something productive, be it a work meeting or having a good work session and your phone lights up with a notification quickly shifting your focus to the distraction rather than the task at hand. We’ve ALL been there. Apple proudly announced a few years ago that there had been 7.4 TRILLION push notifications pushed through its servers. Today, that number is 100% higher. While there are many tools available to us to help us improve our digital habits and work productivity, there are also things – like turning off notifications – that we can physically do ourselves to help stop distractions.
Another idea is not to take ‘distractions’ to bed with you. Did you know that 56% of smartphone users check their phones within an hour of going to sleep? A lot of us think our phones help us fall asleep at night however, our bodies are wired to respond to natural night and our phones make sure we’re constantly bombarded with artificial light which revs up the brain, pumping hormones through our bodies to keep us warm, alert and awake…no wonder why we actually have trouble shutting down at the end of the day, and if you’re one of those people keep in mind that research has shown exposure to ‘blue light’ suppresses the production of melatonin more than any other type of light. Therefore, to sleep and feel better try getting rid of technology at night. That means buying an alarm clock and no devices after 20:00. This will help you to relax and sleep better.
Recent research revealed that 34% of Gen Z, or people born between the mid -1990s and early 2000s, say they’re permanently removing social media, and 64% say they’re taking a break from it. Reasons included worries about time-wasting (41%), feeling it was too negative (35%), privacy concerns (22%), too much pressure (18%), too much commercialization (18%), and that it makes them feel bad about themselves (17%).
As Gen Z is the rising generation, this study reveals the social media craze may be on it’s way out.
People are realizing you don’t have to be on Instagram or Facebook to connect with people—and in fact, these platforms may make you feel even more lonely and disconnected than you would without them. Therefore as far as something else you can do to change your digital habits, taking a break from social media should definitely be one of them
What is Work Mode?
However, at BlockSite we also understand how it’s difficult to change digital habits just from willpower, which is why we invented BlockSite – a little help never hurt anyone 😉
As a BlockSite user, you have the easy option of changing up your digital habits in just a few clicks. BlockSite’s Work Mode allows you to work for 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break when using the extension and on mobile, you can change the times to whatever suits you best. Maybe you would like to work for an hour and take a 10-minute break? Totally up to you! And it’s also really great for anyone who struggles to keep focused for long periods of time!
It’s based on the Pomodoro method and helps keeps digital habits in check. You won’t be wasting endless hours browsing the web, instead, you’ll be able to stay focused and have the occasional break to do whatever your heart desires.
So how can you use Work Mode?
You can block time-wasting sites while your Work Mode timer is working. Just build your work mode list and then click on the Work Mode tab from the Android app menu and start your timer, as shown in the image below. It really is THAT easy. You can also constantly edit your lists to suit you and make sure that all the websites that distract you are added to it as you go. We promise you, you’ll never be more productive!
Want to work for longer than 25 minutes interruption free – simply change the work mode time to what suits your flow.
So what are you waiting for? Download the BlockSite extension and Android app to start improving your digital habits today!