7 days to digital detox

Did you know that the average American checks his or her phone 80 times a day? We're using them while we're shopping, eating, watching TV, and yes, driving. We're even using our phones while talking to family and friends. 

Put down the device and become more mindful of the people and experiences around you. Here's a one-week digital detox to help you dial back your phone attachment. 

Monday

Delete any apps that you haven't used in the last month. Can't decide whether you need that app? Ask yourself, would I pay $5 to keep this? If not, toss it. 

Tuesday

Check into social media and unfollow people you don't know all that well. Then go through your email and unsubscribe to any unnecessary lists. 

Wednesday

Create a charging station outside of your bedroom. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, be sure to invest in a traditional alarm before beginning this detox. 

Power down your phone an hour before you go to bed. Screen lights can interfere with your sleep patterns, making it harder to get a good night's rest. 

Thursday

Go screen-less for every meal you eat today. That means no TV, tablet, computer, or phone. 

Friday

Resist the urge to look at your phone until you arrive at school or work for the day. If you go out to dinner later, leave your phone in the car. 

Saturday

Don't look at or post to social media for an entire day. Bonus challenge: Go the entire weekend! 

Sunday

Turn your phone off completely for at least eight hours in a row. (It doesn't count if you're sleeping!) Let close family and friends know you're shutting down and won't be answering calls. 

Redefine what it means to be connected to the world around you. More ideas and inspiration are available at DigitalDetox.org.