My Digital Detox — Week 5 Update | The end is here!

The wheel fell off… kind of.

In my last post for my digital detox, I said I was on the last 10 days and I needed to get things done in terms of learning about Anytype for my blogging.

Well… I completely caved in. I went on YouTube and started watching tutorials, mostly user reviews and showcase material, to get some inspiration. It felt weird being back on YouTube. The bell icon had a total of 43 notifications. There’s no way I am going to go through all those notifications.

I made a few comments thanking the creators for their content, which I found super helpful. In addition, I went back to Twos World to see what was happening.


I’m back to my digital journaling after my week of recording it on paper. I was able to scan in all my entries to Day One journaling app. Unfortunately, Day One does not have OCR (I didn’t know this). If I had stayed with Apple Notes for journaling, it would not have been an issue because Apple Notes has OCR for images. However, Apple Notes is not end-to-end encrypted, unless you enable advance data protection. I am not going to go through all that for a journal.

It feels good to be back in the digital format of journaling. I like how I can add locations, weather, photos, attachments, and anything else I want to record. Recently, I have been using the dictation to record parts of my journal. It never occurred to me to use dictation, but I love it. Having said that, dictation and British accents don’t really mix well. I laughed at some miscommunicated transcriptions. It’s the little things that amuse me.


As I come to the end of the school holidays, I know my day will look a lot different to what I have enjoyed these past five weeks. That means my exercise routine of early get-ups and working out might have to change. It will be a case of seeing what my energy levels are like. If it doesn’t surface, I can always revert to my evening session. Alternatively, I could work out immediately after arriving home.

It is the first time in my life where I look forward to getting some exercise in. Now that I have access to the WHOLE internet, I could possibly start collecting workouts and tips for fitting in a sustainable, daily routine in each day.

Reflect Notes app

I know I shouldn’t waste my time with exploring new productivity apps, but I got bored being away from social media. I signed up for a 7-day free trial of Reflect to see if it was any good.

Not only that, but I’ve written a mini review here — Reflect Notes app | A Mini-review

I am getting close to my blog target

At the start of the year, I set myself a target of writing fifty blog posts this year. I thought this was ambitious considering I hadn’t blogged properly in the past. The thought filled me with dread. Well, I am on my 41st post of the year. I know, get me. 😁

Reflecting on my digital detox

I have to say, the experience has been precisely what I needed right now. The break allowed me to refocus myself on what I needed to accomplish in the given time. Mindfulness can be a great thing, every so often.

Now that I am online, I plan to push my writing and promote the content I have spent time creating. There’s no point writing it if no-one reads it, even though I enjoy the experience of writing each day.

That’s me. The digit detox is over. The wheels may have fallen off the end, but I achieved what I wanted to achieve.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my post.

Mark @ CodeMacLife