Put Your Electronic Input on a Fast

Intermittent fasting is quite the popular topic these days. There are lots of articles promoting the benefits of this type of eating including the fact that it’s more in line with our body’s natural rhythm. 

It occurred to me a while ago that limiting any kind of consumption to a defined period would be an interesting experiment. I’ve spent the last 10 months putting my electronic input on an intermittent fast.  I limited my consumption of electronic input to the hours of 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 

Here’s what I’ve discovered.

  1. I am much more curious and creative. I come up with some amazing ideas when I don’t have everyone else’s ideas floating around in my brain.
  2. I am calmer more hours a day. I started the experiment with 10 hours classified as calm on average. I ended with 20. (Note: I included sleeping as calm.)
  3. I am more focused, less distracted, and more productive. Before I started this experiment, it was common for me to shift things around on my calendar because of giving in to the urge to procrastinate. I was procrastinating at least five scheduled items per week. I’ve rescheduled one item in the last 30 days.
  4. I have more time to do the things I love. One thing you don’t realize is how much time you are spending on consuming electronic input. I’ve freed up at least 30 minutes per day.

Now granted, this was not a peer reviewed study 🙂 and there could be other reasons why some of this stuff has happened, but I’m going with what has worked for me.  It’s also worked for my clients, so I think I might be onto something here.

Give it a try for a week and let me know your results! You get to decide the hours and what you want to limit. 🙂

PS: If you want to learn how to stop overworking, you must get my free master class, Stop Overworking in 31 Days. I used this method to free up 10 hours per week. I know you can too!

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