We dare you to unplug tonight, because the truth is, the payoff will be great. Between your computer, cell phone, and television, you have a lot of screen time throughout the day (and we're not talking about the fame version, either!). Instead of sending postwork emails or late-night "Facebooking," give yourself a rest, even if only for a night. Chances are, you'll boost your creativity and sleep like a baby. Who doesn't want that?
- You'll Be More Productive: Ever notice how the computer tends to get in the way of your to-do list? Whether you're constantly checking social media or getting distracted on YouTube, the computer is a procrastination culprit! Unplugging, even for a few hours, could be the solution to that ever-growing to-do list. It will also help you finish tasks quicker because you'll finally be able to focus. Plus, you'll feel relieved when those simple tasks (i.e. laundry and organizing your closet) are no longer weighing you down.
- You'll Boost Your Creativity: While Pinterest is loaded with great ideas, it's actually unplugging that will boost your creativity. If you're feeling a little uninspired lately, step away and turn off. Even if it's just for a few hours, reading a book (not on an ereader), making art (not on Photoshop), or taking a hike (without using Foursquare) can spark your creativity. While the Internet gives us access to so many ideas, information overload can be rather inhibiting. Often less is more to get those creative juices flowing again.
- You'll Sleep Better: If you've been having a hard time sleeping or wake up feeling exhausted, it may be all that late-night Facebooking. Besides keeping you up late, the lights from your phone, computer, and TV stimulate you brain, making it hard for your mind to calm down and sleep. While it could be challenging, replacing late-night emails with stretching or a book will decrease your anxiety and help to steady your sleeping patterns.