I have to make a confession: The first thing I do when I wake up is check my phone. I look at email, analytics, Facebook, Twitter, Kickstarter, and just about every other app that I could have received a notification from while sleeping.

This is a terrible habit I’ve developed and one that I really need to fix (and I’m sure I’m not the only one.)

In order to avoid freelance burnout, it’s important that we find time to be away from our phone and computer.

That’s why I love this article by Creative Live.

They offer 3 easy tips to help you disconnect from technology.

Although it will be difficult, I think that tip #3 is one that we all should do from time to time.

Go On A Phone Fast

Remember how boredom felt when you were a kid? You likely went outside, delved into your journal, or lay on your bed to imagine all kinds of things in an attempt to stave of what felt like endless hours alone. It’s harder than ever to attain that state as a phone-toting, constantly entertained adult. Why not try to replicate it with some enforced off time? Start slow, if need be, but practice time away from your phone. Don’t cheat—make sure your devices are off and stowed where you can’t yield to temptation and look at them. Then, see what happens. You might just be surprised by the results…a little distraction, emergency-free oasis obtained with the mere push of a button.”

Check out the other 2 tips at Creative Live.