5 Activities to Unplug From Your Phone
Now that we've explained the IKEA effect, let's get practical with 5 tips you can try to disconnect from your phone.
🎨 DIY and Craft Projects
Get your creative juices flowing by embarking on DIY projects or crafting. Set aside specific times in your day to engage in creative activities. Whether it's 15 minutes of drawing or a weekend DIY project. These breaks will not only benefit you in the present, but they will also leave a tangible mark that you can check at any time, providing lasting satisfaction. Remember, you don't need to excel at anything! That's what the IKEA effect is all about: something simple with high added value. When it comes to drawing, for example, you can opt for colouring in or use models as a starting point, and over time, you'll see your progress.
🌲 Outdoor Activities
Spend time in nature, whether it's hiking, gardening, or simply going for a walk. To help you get off to a good start, you can set yourself small challenges during your outings. For example, don't limit yourself to "just walking". For example, tell yourself that during this outing you will have to: discover a new shop, talk to 3 people and walk at least 3km. This is a good way of feeling that you're doing something useful when you set yourself a goal.
🥘 Enjoy Cooking
The problem with cooking is that it is typically viewed negatively. It's often seen as a mandatory task that must be carried out daily, and it doesn't exactly inspire enthusiasm. This feeling often stems from two primary reasons: either we don't particularly enjoy the recipe, or it seems overly complex. To begin, opt for recipes that are exceptionally straightforward to prepare. Remind yourself that by dedicating time to cooking, you are showing self-care (and potentially caring for your loved ones as well).
Mindfulness and Meditation
Engage in mindfulness activities, like meditation or yoga, to disconnect and reduce stress. We don't expect you to perform a lotus position. Instead, consider it a moment when you encourage yourself to tend to both your body and mind, allowing your thoughts to wander freely. To track your progress or reaffirm the positive changes you're making, you can make notes in a journal. Regularly revisiting your notes is bound to alter your perspective on various aspects of your life!
🪑 Furniture Assembly
Because we've talked about the IKEA effect, we couldn't resist recommending that you assemble or DIY furniture! If you're up for a challenge, assembling furniture can be an exciting project that yields a tangible reward. There's no need to redo your entire interior - sometimes it's just a question of personalising or improving an object you've already owned (maybe for a long time) and giving it a new lease of life!
Go further with App Blocking
Sometimes our motivation isn’t enough and we need an extra help to be more focused.
🔒 App blocker and Screen Time Management Tool
Sometimes, we may require a little help. For this, you can download an app blocker that will allow you to block the apps of your choice for as long as you need. The most complete tool for iPhone is Jomo, available for free on the App Store.
With Jomo, you can block apps for specific time slots or set time limits on your most distracting apps. Additionally, you can link a blocking session to a concentration mode, and we'll provide more details about this in the following article.
Taking a break from screens and engaging in activities is a great way provide tangible results and long-lasting satisfaction. Unplugging, even for short periods, allows us to recharge, rejuvenate, and ultimately become more productive. So, the next time you feel overwhelmed by your screens, remember the IKEA effect and the immense satisfaction that comes from creating something tangible (and super simple) in the real world.