Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Shut Off, Shut Down After 9pm Campaign


Shut Off, Shut Down After 9pm Campaign Blog

When I head to bed at night I don't close my eyes and go straight to sleep, instead I catch up with videos on Youtube (with Vlogmas happening at the moment there are quite a number to watch), scroll through Instagram, then Twitter, then Tumblr and then repeat the scrolling all over again on Instagram. It's only when I give my eyes a momentary break from my screen to look over at the clock when I realise that a couple of hours have passed since I first got into bed.

Most nights I tend to start getting tired around half past 10/11pm but once I start up my nightly routine I end up so overtired that at 12am/1am or later I can't get to sleep. It really is having a detrimental effect on my sleep pattern yet I still do the exact same every single night. So when an email pinged into my inbox which invited me to take part in the Shut Off, Shut Down After 9pm Campaign by Endsleigh (link to their site here), I was instantly ready to give it a go.

I was challenged to switch off all of my gadgets, that meant my phone, which always seems to be permanently glued to me, as well as my laptop after 9pm every evening for one whole week. And instead of spending those hours browsing the net, the idea is to invest that (pretty much wasted) time and be productive in another area or interest. This could mean taking up a new class, going to the gym, going out on a date (which might be a bit of stretch considering the fact that I'm forever alone) or taking up a new hobby. For me, I instantly knew what I wanted to use that time for and it was to catch up with the mountain of books that were gathering dust on my bookshelf. 

Normally it can take me weeks to finish a book as I read a couple of chapters, normally when my wifi fails (how gadget/internet obsessed do I sound? Eeek!) In one week I finished two books! TWO BOOKS! And I also finally opened my Driving Theory books (2015 will be the year that I sit my Theory test!) It might not have been the most productive use of my time but it was exactly the kind of before bed activity that I needed. I definitely needed someone or something to pry me from my phone/laptop, especially when I should be taking it easy and preparing for bed, so I treated this challenge a bit like a rehab from all things electronic. And I have a feeling that it's no coincidence that I've fallen asleep much easier when reading than when I'm attached to my phone.

What do you think of this campaign? Do you spend too much time on the internet or on your phone/laptop/tablet? Would you be able to shut off, shut down and focus your attention on something else after 9pm every night?

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  1. I'm so guilty of wasting hours on my phone whilst in bed so I should really give something like this a go! I try to avoid my laptop after half 9 but I'm pretty useless at it x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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    1. I can be pretty useless at it at the best of times too Charlotte but it has definitely made a difference to my pattern already which is a big thing for me! :)

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  2. I love the idea of this campaign! I'm exactly guilty of what you've been doing and suffering from. I always end up on Twitter or playing games on my phone. I think it would be good for me (and maybe other people too) to come off at 9pm and relax! It might cause me to be more social and actually feel productive too!! xx

    Dee | PromptsbyDee

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    1. It's such a great campaign isn't it Dee? :)
      I completely agree with you!

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  3. I loved this post and may even try try it myself.
    I can be on my phone for hours to once I get into bed, its a vicious cycle these days x x x

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    1. I would definitely recommend giving it a try Charlotte, even if it's only for a couple of nights a week! :)

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  4. This is a great idea. I have an essay due tomorrow that I will probably need to be doing past 9pm but I might give this a go over my Christmas break to try and get lots of reading done :)
    Megan x
    London Callings

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    1. Christmas would be a great time to give this challenge a try Megan! :)
      I hope you got your essay finished okay!

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  5. This is quite funny as I made a promise to myself to start a night time routine. Because just like you I don't switch off at night and end up watching all my american tv series. lol.

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    1. I often sit and watch American TV shows at night too Janette so I completely understand! Hehe. A night time routine, especially one that allows you to wind down at night, definitely makes a difference when it comes to sleeping. :)

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  6. This is a great idea for a campaign!x
    http://catchingdreamsblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Great idea! I shall have to start something like this, if not for bed-time then earlier in the evening. Amy x
    Www.amynmore.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh definitely Amy! :) Let me know how you get on if you give it a try!

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  8. You described me exactly in the first paragraph! I really need to try this, brilliant post :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

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    1. Hehe. I had a feeling I wasn't the only one Maeve!
      Thank you so much lovely! :)

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  9. I am so guilty of doing the same thing! Even when I try to put my phone aside I struggle to stick with it! Props to you for doing it!

    http://indigoplatform.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you very much Abby! :)
      It is tricky to put it aside and leave it there but it really is worth giving it a try even a few nights a week.

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  10. This is such a good idea! I think switching off half an hour to an hour before going to bed can really make a difference and reading before bed can really help me drift off :) this sounds like a great campaign, well done for sticking with it xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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    1. I completely agree Ioanna! :) Reading works wonders for me when it comes to drifting off to sleep at night!
      Thank you very much!

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  11. It's a really good idea, not sure I could manage it but would be a great challenge!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

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    1. It really is a challenge, especially when it comes to the first few nights but it's definitely worth giving it a try Josie! :)

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  12. I like this idea...she says... writing on my phone in bed.
    I might have to give this a try, maybe in the new year!

    Illustrated-teacup.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha. ;)
      It's definitely something to give a try even if it's only a couple of nights a week. I might try and make it my resolution, although not by calling it my New Year's resolution or it will never happen. Hehe.

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  13. Getting into bed and spending the next few hours on my phone is something I just can't help but do.
    I'd happily give this a go but I highly doubt I'll be able to manage it; optimism at its finest...

    Raise The Waves

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    1. I feel the same Mel! But I am going to aim to leave my phone on my bedside table at least a few nights a week.
      Hehe. Definite optimism there! ;)

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  14. Sounds like you have been more productive since shutting off everything at 9pm - two books in one week is amazing! I'm so busy in the days though, they only time I have to catch up on YouTube and social media is right before I go to sleep!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

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    1. I couldn't believe how much I got read either Alice. :)
      A couple of hours spent reading actually accomplished something unlike me scrolling through social media and being on Youtube for hours and hours. Hehe.
      I know exactly what you mean though.

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  15. Looks like a pretty good campaign as i am always glued to my phone too! Even when I start feeling that throbbing pain in my head. I really need something to motivate me to get into other activities or just go to sleep on time! :D
    Love this post. :)

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